For many of the carriers I know, you will be exempt from the ELD ruling if your Drivers use paper DOT RODS for not more that 8 days during each 30 day period.  This exemption was made clear on August 31st 2016.

FMCSA ELD Compliance Timeline

FMCSA ELD Compliance Timeline

Here’s a video on the goals of ELD’s




ELD   Electronic Logging Device

RODS: . The driver’s record of duty status, commonly known as the drive’s log, is the document used by the driver to record his/her time. Both the carrier and the driver must know what items are required on a driver’s duty status record and how they are to be recorded.


FMCSA:  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is an agency in the United States Department of Transportation that regulates the trucking industry in the United States. The primary mission of the FMCSA is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.

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