Are you running a short haul and concerned about HOS (hours of service) and how the ELD mandate may or may not apply to you?Let's take a look at the rules behind this topic to understand better what classifies as a "short haul exemption."
Are you Exempt from ELDs?
If you’re running short haul, you’re not required to maintain RODS. Which means you won’t need to log your hours with an ELD unless you break the rule more than eight times in a 30-day rolling period. If you do break the rule more than eight times, you will need an ELD to log your hours until you get back to the number of eight or fewer in a 30-day period.
The big question is, how does FMSCA define short haul?
There are five required components to classify your vehicle as short haul:
- Start and return to the same location within 12 hours of duty time
- Drive no more than 11 hours
- Have ten consecutive hours off between shifts
- Maintain your time clock function or time card
- Not exceed a 100-mile radius from your starting location
Why Short Haul is Being Used
Some carriers are using the short haul exemption to avoid using ELDs all together. Many business owners and fleet managers feel it is too much of a headache to deal with ELDs.
The issue is that many safety managers rushed into finding an ELD to be compliant with the changing laws and regulations. They didn't take the time to research which fleet management company fits their specific fleet needs. While ELDs are still somewhat new to the trucking industry, it can be challenging to find a reputable company to trust.
Finding the Right ELD
When you do your research and find a fleet management company that:
- Works with you
- Customizes a solution for your mobile workforce
- Has easy to use technology
- Helps you with any problems along the way
It makes managing any fleet of vehicles so much easier. ELDs were designed to make fleet management overall more efficient. Many companies just haven't had the luxury of finding an ELD system that operated to their liking. It's common to hear "we don't like using ELD's, they never work properly and make things more difficult," and it's hard to fault a carrier for those feelings.
Think about similar sentiments said about any new technology brought into trucking like automatic transmissions, DEF, and Forward Collision Warning systems. Time will help mature the ELD into a regular staple in the industry and shed the negative stigma behind the technology.
Once you have a system that works how you expect and want it to, it allows you to spend that time you were fixing your ELD logs to review the other capabilities that come with ELD like tracking, timecards and maintenance reports that can allow you to operate at a much more productive level.
Learn more about making the switch from AOBRD to ELD.