Use the 150 air-mile agricultural commodity exemption as an administrator

The 150 air-mile agricultural commodity exemption to the federal hours of service (HOS) regulations allows your drivers to be exempt from keeping a duty status record under certain conditions. The ELD LogBook mobile app does not have a dedicated mode for applying this exemption. However, your drivers might be able to use one of the following options to apply the exemption to their HOS records. 

Note: Ensure that you have permission from your motor carrier to use one of these options.

Option 1

  • Drivers can drive within the 150 air-mile radius of the source of the agricultural commodity they are transporting without being logged in to the ELD LogBook mobile app.
  • When the drivers reach the 150 air-mile radius limit, they must log in to the ELD LogBook mobile app and start recording their driving time as normal. 
  • Vehicles record the driving time within the 150 air-mile radius as unidentified driving time. Drivers should reject  this unidentified driving time in the ELD LogBook mobile app 
  • As an administrator, you need to mark the unidentified driving time as exempt and add an annotation stating that the driving time occurred while operating under the 150 air-mile agricultural commodity exemption. To do this:
    1. Go to the LogBook screen.
    2. Choose the Unidentified Miles tab.
    3. Make sure you are on the Unprocessed events tab.
    4. (Optional) Use the filter to select a fleet and data range to narrow down the list of unidentified driving events.
    5. Find the driving event you want to exempt, and click on the pencil icon next to it.
    6. In the dialog box, add a comment.
    7. Click Mark As Done. The unidentified driving event is moved to the Processed events tab.

Option 2

  • Drivers log in to the ELD LogBook mobile app and record their driving time as normal. 
  • Drivers add a comment to the HOS events that were created during the time when they were within the 150 air-mile radius of the source of the agricultural commodity. In the comment, drivers need to state that the driving time occurred while operating under the 150 air-mile agricultural commodity exemption. To do this, drivers can edit the appropriate HOS events.
  • The annotation will mean that the FMCSA ignores any violations that might have occurred during the time that the drivers were driving within the 150 air-mile radius of the source of the agricultural commodity.

Option 3

  • If your drivers have permission from their motor carrier, they can be in Personal Use mode while they are driving within the 150 air-mile radius of the source of the agricultural commodity. To enable Personal Use for your drivers:
    1. Log in to Reveal.
    2. Select your account profile in the top right, then choose Admin in the drop-down menu.
    3. Under Drivers, choose Driver List.
    4. Find the driver in the list. To search, choose Would you like to search for a driver?
    5. Click the pencil icon to edit.
    6. Choose the Mobile Options tab.
    7. Under Enable tracking of, select the Personal use check box.
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    8. Save the changes.
  • When the drivers reach the 150 air-mile radius limit, they must exit Personal Use mode and start recording their driving time as normal. 

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