Use a workaround for the CDL short-haul exemption as a driver

The CDL short-haul exemption to the federal hours of service (HOS) regulations allows you to be exempt from keeping a duty status record under certain conditions. The ELD LogBook mobile app does not yet have a dedicated mode for applying this exemption. However, you might be able to use one of the following options to apply the exemption to your HOS records. 

Ensure that you have permission from your motor carrier to use one of these options. Your administrator needs to follow the instructions in Use a workaround for the CDL short-haul exemption as an administrator.

Option 1:

  • Drive within a 150 air-mile radius of your normal depot location without being logged in to the ELD LogBook mobile app.
  • When you reach the 150 air-mile radius limit, log in to the ELD LogBook mobile app and start recording your driving time as normal.
  • Your vehicle records the driving time within the 150 air-mile radius as unidentified driving time. When the mobile app suggests this unidentified driving time to you as part of an Unidentified Miles alert, reject the driving time.
  • Your administrator needs to mark the unidentified driving time as exempt and add an annotation stating that the driving time occurred while operating under the CDL short-haul exemption.

Option 2:

  • Log in to the ELD LogBook mobile app and record your driving time as normal.
  • Add a comment to the HOS events that were created during the time when you were within the 150 air-mile radius of your normal depot location. In the comment, state that the driving time occurred while operating under the CDL short-haul exemption. To do this:

    1. In the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, select Logs. You will see the Status Log screen.
    2. Tap ADD/EDIT.
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    3. Tap EDIT next to the driving status that you want to annotate.
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    4. Under Comment, add your annotation to the comment section.
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    5. Save the changes.
  • The annotation will mean that the FMCSA ignores any violations that might have occurred during the time that you were driving within the 150 air-mile radius of your normal depot location.

Option 3:

  • If you have permission from your motor carrier, you can use Personal Use mode while you are driving within the 150 air-mile radius of your normal depot location. Your administrator needs to enable this special driving condition for you.
  • To enable Personal use mode:

    1. From the Dashboard, choose Off Duty and the sub-status of Personal Use.
    2. Enter a comment stating that you are using the CDL short-haul exemption.
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  • When you reach the 150 air-mile radius limit, exit Personal Use mode and start recording your driving time as normal. To do this:

    1. Stop driving.
    2. Change your status to On Duty or Off Duty with No Sub Status. Next time you drive, you will automatically use the standard driving status.
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