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E-logs in semi trucks

Im just wondering if the new e-logs will apply to trucks with farm plates? Im looking into buying a truck for our farm and wanted to know if the e-logs would apply to me? Im not planning on driving for hire. Thanks!

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Re: E-logs in semi trucks

Livestock haulers exempt as of this point - although '' local cartage '' will receive an exemption also - 50 mile range ---  

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Re: E-logs in semi trucks

ELD Rule Exceptions

The following are not required to use ELDs (but carriers may choose to use ELDs even if they are not required):

  • Drivers who use paper logs no more than 8 days during any 30-day period.
  • Driveaway-towaway drivers (were the vehicle driven is the commodity) or the vehicle being transported is a motor home or a recreation vehicle trailer (at least one set of wheels of the vehicle being transported must be on the surface while being transported)
  • Drivers of vehicles manufactured before model year 2000.

https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/drivers-and-carriers

 

ELD Hours of Service (HOS) and Agriculture Exemptions

Below is a list of Hours of Service and Agricultural Exemptions.

  • 49 CFR 395.1(k) provides exceptions from the HOS rules, during planting and harvesting periods as determined by the State, for the transportation of agricultural commodities (including livestock, bees and other commodities) within a 150-air mile radius from the source of the commodities. The same provision applies to the delivery of supplies and equipment for agricultural use from a wholesale or retail distribution point.
  • The HOS regulations do not apply to the transportation of agricultural commodities operating completely within the 150-air mile radius by for hire or private carriers. Therefore, work and driving hours are not limited and the driver is also not required to use an Electronic Logging Device (ELD). In an operation where drivers share vehicle(s) equipped with ELDs, a driver that is always exempt can use an “Exempt Driver” account.
  • Once a driver operates beyond the 150-air mile radius, the HOS regulations apply. Therefore, starting at the time and location where the transporter goes past the 150-air mile radius, the driver must maintain logs using an ELD, unless the driver or the vehicle meets one of the limited ELD exemptions. The driver must work and drive within the limitations of the HOS rules when operating beyond the 150-air mile radius. Time spent working within the 150 air-mile radius does not count toward the driver’s daily and weekly limits.
  • When operating within the 150 air-mile radius the driver should not log into the ELD. Upon exiting that radius, the driver should then log into the ELD, and annotate that any unassigned miles accumulated prior to that point were exempt miles.
  • Drivers transporting agricultural commodities are not required to use an ELD if the vehicle was manufactured before the model year 2000, provided they prepare paper logs, or if they do not operate outside of the 150 air-mile radius for more than 8 days during any 30-day period, provided they prepare paper logs on the days when they are not exempt from the HOS rules.
  • Covered farm vehicles, as defined in 49 CFR 390.5, are exempted from the HOS regulations per 49 CFR 395.1(s). Carriers operating under this exemption are also not required to have an ELD. This only applies to private transportation of agricultural commodities, including livestock by the owner or operator of a farm or ranch, or family members or employees.
  • https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/hours-service/elds/eld-hours-service-hos-and-agriculture-exemptions
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Senior Advisor

Re: E-logs in semi trucks

E X E M P T I O N  ,  exemption , on top of exemption ---

 

    

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Re: E-logs in semi trucks

My son drives for a guy who cleans hog pits. They were in the next county to the east. One of the trucks got pulled over. Had farm tags. The cop said the driver had to own the commodity in the trailer. The farm tagged trucks came back to our county and the commercial tags stayed east. The cop who pulled the truck over is married to the x-wife of the guy they were hauling for. I'm sure it was just a coincident.

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Re: E-logs in semi trucks

If you are being  ''' paid for hire '' - how was the cop wrong ?

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Re: E-logs in semi trucks

He wasn't. He lets a lot of them slide. Of course he's not married to their ex-wives.

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