Removing the guesswork for motor carriers and drivers running short haul exemptions

EROAD’s new Smart Short Haul simplifies compliance for fleets by automatically switching rulesets when drivers breach either the on-duty or air-mile limits of the short haul exemption. This is valuable for fleets with drivers that may periodically exceed short haul exemption limits, because it enables drivers to maintain and produce logs for roadside inspections. It also provides accurate reporting for audits.

“Our goal is to put compliance on cruise control, helping drivers maintain accurate logs when they’re needed without worrying about it,” said Norm Ellis President of EROAD. “Smart Short Haul helps drivers stay focused on safety and getting their job done. For operations, it takes the stress out of making sure drivers have logs when required.”

For customers operating under the exemption, Smart Short Haul delivers several new features that eliminate administrative work, help guide drivers while running short haul and enable compliance if limits are exceeded. The features include:

  • built in prompts and accurate HOS counters enable drivers to monitor duty hour limits
  • automatic identification of each driver’s starting location simplifies use of the exemption
  • visual and audible alerts enable drivers to easily stay within parameters for the exemption
  • help produce RODS for the days that short haul limits are breached
  • automatically switches to the default inter- or intrastate ruleset so drivers remain compliant when short haul limits are breached
  • coach drivers to take appropriate breaks when the ruleset is switched
  • provides the carrier with reports that detail which criteria was exceeded by each driver to better understand operations and compliance


The FMCSA HOS Final Rule expands short haul exemption criteria to 150 air-mile radius and 14 hour on-duty limit. While it is anticipated that more fleets will not require ELDs because of this new rule, an EROAD survey of motor carriers from October 2019 indicates that fleets will continue use of ELDs to support short haul operations and compliance with the short haul exemption, as well as other business needs such as IFTA, IRP, dispatch, fleet management and driver safety coaching.



EROAD’s Smart Short Haul notifies drivers when they have exceeded the limits

EROAD’s Smart Short Haul ensures drivers are aware of limits



  • EROAD believes every community deserves safer roads that can be sustainably funded. This is why EROAD develops technology solutions (products and services) that manage vehicle fleets, support regulatory compliance, improve driver safety and reduce the costs associated with driving. EROAD also provides valuable insights and data analytics to universities, government agencies and others who research, trial and evaluate future transport networks. This data enables those who use the roads to influence the design, management and funding of future transport networks.
  • By 2009 EROAD had introduced the world’s first nationwide electronic road user charging system. In North America, EROAD introduced the first electronic Weight Mile Tax service (2014) and the first independently verified Electronic Logging Device service (2017). The reliably accurate technology developed by EROAD is used to meet the compliance needs of fleets worldwide, including the 2017 FMCSA electronic logging device (ELD) mandate in the U.S.
  • EROAD (ERD) is listed on the NZX, and employs almost 300 staff located across NZ, Australia and North America.

EROAD Announces Smart Short Haul

by | Jun 11, 2020 |

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