Short -Haul ELD Compliance Questions

Discussion in 'ELD Forum | Questions, Answers and Reviews' started by haulinasphalt, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. haulinasphalt

    haulinasphalt Bobtail Member

    Nov 23, 2010
    I'm a short-haul driver operating out of Florida. I leave and return to the same location daily and spend no more than maybe 4 hours in a rig per day, when operating. It is VERY rare that I travel outside of my 100 mile threshold or encounter a scale in my travels. According to my somewhat extensive research, it appears that I may be exempt from installing an ELD in my rig at this time.

    So, here are my questions:

    1. My delivery schedule varies, sometimes not once running my rig all month, or sometimes running my rig more than 8 days in a 30 day period, again, under the conditions listed above. Do I still need an ELD, even though I'm using a time card to track my hours?

    2. In light of the new laws being enforced, I have traded in my daily logs for JJ Keller's Driver's Time Records, as paper daily logs are now only permitted when your ELD fails. The driver's time records seem rather bare-boned, compared to my usual paper logs, ONLY recording date and hours on/off duty. Are these logs really enough to satisfy DOT?

    3. If all of the above mentioned still qualifies me for a time card exemption, will I still be exempt after the full compliance date of December 16, 2019?

    4. For safety sake, if I still wanted to invest in an ELD, could anyone recommend an inexpensive ELD, catered to the requirements of a short-haul driver? As the saying goes, better safe than sorry.

    Any help on the above is greatly appreciated.
  2. Dieselboss

    Dieselboss Technology Contributor

    Feb 19, 2009
    Albany, Ory-gun
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  3. haulinasphalt

    haulinasphalt Bobtail Member

    Nov 23, 2010
    Many thanks for your help, Dieselboss. I can sleep a little better at night, knowing I am armed with the knowledge necessary to keep myself out of the legal grasp of the big, bad DOT man. I love your answer for #3 by the way. I guess it was kind of a stupid question to ask, especially so early on in the ELD law game, but nonetheless, still made for a good chuckle. Thanks again, amigo!
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  4. Streetroddreams

    Streetroddreams Light Load Member

    Oct 19, 2017
    North Central Missouri
    Anything designed for truck driving is rarely inexpensive.
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