November 19, 2017

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

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 It’s important to note that the exemptions will be rescinded if: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