Exemptions to US Electronic Logging Device Rule
The final version of the US Electronic Logging Device rule comes into effect as of February 17, 2016 for voluntary compliance. Some exemptions outlined in the final version include:
- commercial trucks older than model year 2000
- driveaway/towaway operations (where the vehicle is a commodity being delivered)
- drivers with paper copies of record of duty status for not more than 8 days in a 30-day period
The final rule acknowledges that many older trucks have mechanically controlled engines (i.e., no engine control module), making it difficult to accommodate an Electronic Logging Devise that meets the rule's requirements. While it's possible to retrofit older trucks to comply, FMCSA concluded that retrofitting these trucks is too expensive and not practical.
For further information and summaries of the ELD Final Rule, please see BCTA's Exemptions to US ELD Rule article.
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