Effective January 1, 2024, intrastate motor carriers and drivers are required to use an electronic logging device (ELD) to record a driver’s record of duty status (RODS).
Since December 18, 2017, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations have required interstate motor carriers and drivers to use an ELD to record a driver’s RODS in accordance with Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 395, Subpart B, unless otherwise exempted. Since then, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) has worked to align state regulations with federal ELD regulations and has engaged with a variety of interested parties, including motor carriers, commercial motor vehicle drivers, media, and public interest groups. The CHP received significant input during three separate public comment periods and conducted numerous presentations, which included the 2019, 2021, and 2023 Commercial Vehicle Safety Summits, to advise the affected industry of the upcoming changes.
Intrastate Motor Carriers and Drivers Required to Use an ELD. All motor carriers and drivers, including those operating in intrastate commerce, are required to use an ELD to record a driver’s RODS, pursuant to Title 13 of the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Section 1213(a)(1), unless otherwise exempted.
Adoption of Federal ELD Regulations. Pursuant to Title 13, CCR, Section 1213.3, both interstate and intrastate motor carriers and drivers must comply with the federal ELD regulations adopted under Title 49, CFR, Part 395, Subpart B, as those regulations now exist or are hereafter amended.
Intrastate Drivers Using ELDs are Not restricted to Federal Hours-of-Service (HOS). Intrastate drivers who comply with either California or federal HOS requirements, contained in Title 13, CCR, Sections 1212 and 1212.5, would be in compliance when using an ELD for RODS.
Exemption to the ELD Requirement. Pursuant to Title 13, CCR, Section 1213(a)(3), drivers meeting any one of the following conditions are not required to use an ELD:
Once published, the
applicable regulations are accessible by visiting the official CCR website at: https://govt.westlaw.com/calregs.
Additional information is available on the CHP’s Regulatory Actions webpage
at: www.chp.ca.gov/News-Alerts/Regulatory-Actions. Questions
regarding the ELD regulations may be directed to the CHP, Commercial Vehicle
Section, at (916) 843-3400.