Q. I’ve heard that there are two new exemptions to the upcoming ELD mandate. Is that true? And if so, what are they?

A. Yes, it is true. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has granted two temporary exemptions to the ELD mandate.

 The first will temporarily permit drivers to use of portable ELDs — smartphone- or tablet-based devices — to indicate a change of duty status when they are outside of and away from their truck.

 The second will temporarily allow fleets to configure an ELD with a “yard-move mode” that does not require a driver to re-input the truck’s yard-move status every time it is powered off.

 The two exemptions have been granted for a five-year period that will end on Oct. 20, 2022.

 It’s important to note that the exemptions will be rescinded if:

  • The fleet or drivers fail to comply with the terms of the exemptions
  • The exemptions have resulted in a lower level of safety
  • Continuation of the exemptions will not be consistent with regulation 49 U.S.C 31136(e) or 31315(b)


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