Ask A Safety Rep: Can Some Be Exempt from Using ELDs?

 Ask A Safety Representative: Can Some Be Exempt from Using ELDs?

I have heard that some may be exempt from using electronic logging devices (ELDs). Is that true? Yes; currently, the following exemptions exist concerning the ELD rule:

1. Drivers who use the timecard exception are not required to keep Records of Duty (RODS) or use ELDs.

2. Drivers who use paper RODS for no more than eight days in a 30-day period. The 30-day period may include more than one calendar month. For example, June 15 to July 15.

3. Drivers who conduct drive-away-tow-away operations, where the vehicle being driven is the commodity being delivered.

4. Drivers of vehicles manufactured before the year 2000. Be sure to check the vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle to check the year it was manufactured.

For more information on ELD exemptions, go to the FMCSA’s Frequently Asked Questions website:

What are Self-Service E-Tools?

Do you have employees who are new to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) or need a refresher? If yes, Great West has developed simple tutorials on the FMCSRs to help familiarize our insureds with the big green book. We call them Self-Service E-Tools and they can be accessed right from the comfort of your desk. All you need to do is log into our Secure Portal ( and click on “Safety Education.” On the left side of the screen, you will see a link for the Self-Service e-Tools. Click that link to go to the Self-Service E-Tools page. There, you can select from the various FMCSRs.

The Self-Service E-Tools are designed to be self-assessment tutorials, meaning they introduce users to the regulations and industry best practices and in each module ask the user compliance questions, so you can determine if your organization is meeting a particular regulatory requirement. It is not a test, and there is no way for Great West to know or track how you answered. At the end of each module, you can print all of the questions and the regulations cited so you can research them more and address any deficiencies you discovered. Give it a try!

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