GotQuestions? ELDs and Telematics

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

November 14, 2017

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 It’s important to note that the exemptions will be rescinded if: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

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Scott Sutarik is the Business Development, OEM Sales Manager at Geotab Inc. He has extensive experience within the truck manufacturing industry, specializing in medium duty and heavy duty trucks. He previously worked in sales and marketing at Navistar Inc. where he supported over 700 dealerships, worked with suppliers and telematics providers, and managed the OnCommand Connection Program. With his expertise in telematics, regulatory compliance, engine diagnostics, and alternative fueled vehicles, Scott provides training and works with Geotab's partners to develop leading-edge fleet management solutions for the trucking industry.


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