Who is Eligible for ELD Exemption On Agricultural Sector?
Emma PaulineJanuary 2, 2023ELD

Who is Eligible for ELD Exemption On Agricultural Sector?

As we are well aware of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate implemented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in the year 2017, it is important to know that the constrain also has a leeway for certain aspects pertaining to the agricultural sector.

Undoubtedly, although the use of ELD devices has made maintaining records easier, the FMCSA has acknowledged that several rules in the mandate may not be necessary in every field. The FMCSA given ELD exemption to a couple of fields like the agricultural sector, private property transportation, vehicles catering to events and shows, non-business related transports, etc. While personal transportation may not need the device installed at all, the agricultural sector has received only leniency towards some rules. However, there are a few terms and conditions that follow the exemption to the agricultural sector, it is indeed crucial to understand this in detail.

Before we understand the required criteria that fits the agricultural exemption, let us read about the reasons behind the exemption first.

Reasons for ELD Exemption

Nevertheless, this exemption is only applicable if the following conditions are met.

Although the FMCSA has exempted agricultural commodities from the mandate, they aren’t completely excluded from the same.

There are indeed a few points that still put them under this constrain. They are:

Albeit the exemption feeling like liberation from strict rules, a fleet manager or businessman should always consider the benefits of ELD installation before rejecting it.

Here are a few reasons you would be happy to still stick by the ELD and use it where ever possible;

Exemptions are Subject to Change

In due course of time, as the functioning of the agricultural sector in compliance with ELD is scrutinized, there may be several changes made in the exemption. It is important to keep yourself updated with the same. Contact you provider for updates on change of rules if any, periodically.

It is also vital that you understand the exemptions properly and have your driver learn about the same. This will ensure that you are not misguided or are taking undue advantage of the exemption intentionally or unintentionally.

For any assistance or additional information on ELD installation, you could visit the Electronic Logging Device section in our website.

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