As per 49 CFR § 395.1(k), drivers transporting agriculture commodities (including livestock, bees, fiber, non-processed food and any other commodity defined under § 395.2) within 150 air- mile radius from the source of the commodities are exempt from HOS rules during planting and harvesting periods, as determined by each state. It also applies to drivers who transport farm supplies for agricultural purposes from either a wholesale or retail distribution point to the location where the supplies will be used or from a wholesale distribution point to a retailer. Under this exemption the time used working within the 150 air-mile radius does not count toward the driver’s daily and weekly limits.
Exemption does not apply:
Once the driver goes past the 150 air- mile radius, the HOS regulation applies. He/she must maintain logs using an ELD unless they meet any other ELD exemption.
How to use?
Our ELD covers this exempt as “ag exemption” operation. The drivers can use this feature with a click of button without effecting their remaining on duty and driving hours. The time spent within 150 air mile radius is calculated as a part of off duty.