Smart Short Haul

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Short Haul Limits have now been expanded to 14 hours and 150 mile radius. These changes have been implemented on EROAD’s device.

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EROAD Smart Short Haul makes it easy for drivers to stay in compliance.

    • Easy for drivers – EROAD’s Smart Short Haul automatically switches your drivers off the short haul ruleset as soon as they surpass one of the limits. Visual and audible alerts enable drivers to easily stay within parameters for the exemption, and if exceeded, helps produce the RODS for the day.
    • Remove the guesswork – Stop chasing paperwork with automated location and shift capture. Streamline your process for timecards and logs for all drivers to reduce back office work and human errors.
    • Minimize interruptions to workflow – No more worrying when traffic hits or a job goes long. Drivers are notified that they are nearing the limit, and then automatically switched to the new rule set when the air-mile distance limit is reached, or the shift hours are exceeded.

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WATCH: The Art of Managing Short Haul


Your fleet may be eligible and operating under the short haul exemption. From time to time, some of your drivers may not meet all the short haul criteria and would be required to maintain a log or record of duty status (RODS).

If you don’t have a way to track hours and miles, how can you be sure that drivers are consistently meeting requirements?

Join EROAD’s Director of Regulatory Compliance Soona Lee and EROAD’s Training Manager, Susan Reszczynski in a webinar as they review:

  • Who is eligible for the short haul exemption
  • What the FMCSA final rule means for short haul operations
  • How ELDs can support compliance and efficiency
  • The added benefits short haul fleets are seeing from using ELDs


Do short haul drivers need an ELD?


If your driver meets § 395.1(e)(1) criteria for short haul they are exempt from preparing RODS, using an ELD or taking a 30-minute break. A short haul driver is not required to carry or show any documentation at the roadside inspection unless they exceed the criteria. While not required, short haul drivers may need an ELD to guide them on the short haul limits and help produce RODS automatically on days when they need them. Using an ELD or similar fleet management system can be a great way to maintain consistent records and eliminate the stress of tracking down paper logs. Finding a solution that makes it easy for drivers can support efficient operations and fleet safety.


What is the short haul exemption?


There are a few exemptions from using ELDs. If you’re a short haul driver with a CDL you may be exempt from the ELD mandate. In order to qualify for this exemption, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Start and end your shift at the same location within 14 consecutive hours
  • Not exceed a 150 air-mile radius from your starting location
  • Drive no more than 11 hours during your shift
  • Take at least ten consecutive hours off between shifts


If your driver doesn’t meet one of the conditions above, they must maintain RODS for that day. If they must maintain RODS for more than 8 days in a rolling 30 day period, they will be required to use an ELD and no longer qualify for the ELD exemption.

FMCSA Final Rule on Short Haul


On May 14, 2020, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the final rule that revises the hours-of-service (HOS) rules for commercial drivers. As of September 29, 2020, the 100 air-mile radius has expanded to 150 air-miles and the maximum 12-hour work shift has increased to 14 hours. The revised requirements allow more drivers and more trips to be eligible for the short haul exception, giving you more flexibility throughout your day. Read FMCSA’s full announcement.


At EROAD, we worked diligently in anticipation of the Final Rule to prepare our software for reprogramming and have fully implemented the new changes on EROAD devices. 

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