For the most part, truck drivers are bound to complying to the ELD mandate for the foreseeable future. However, there are some exemptions to the ELD mandate, which are explained below. It is important to note that even though some may not need an ELD, they still need to keep Logs/Records of Duty Status (RODs) for safety inspections and audits.


Those who are exempt from the ELD rule include:

  • Drivers who operate within an intrastate, 150 air-mile radius (non-CDL drivers) or 100 air-mile radius (CDL drivers).
  • Drivers who only need to keep RODs 8 days or less in a 30-day period.
  • Drivers of vehicles/engines manufactured before the model year 2000.
  • Drivers conducting a drive-away-tow-away operation if the vehicle being driven is the commodity being delivered, or if the vehicle being transported is a motorhome/recreational vehicle trailer.
  • Certain farm vehicles and carriers are exempt from the ELD rule as well, but not in their entirety. It is only applicable to vehicles that carry livestock, machinery, or supplies being transported by the farm or farmer.


If you have any more questions about ELD exemptions, please give us a call at 866-623-7483 and we here at DriveELD will be here to help.