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.