Just when you thought you knew and heard it all about electronic logging devices (ELDs), there are still more questions to digest on this sweeping new federal mandate that applies to most ground transportation services.

To keep it simple, I will revisit the topic based on our panel discussion during the LCT-NLA Show East in November 2018. Our panel included Mike McDonal from Saucon Technologies and Richard Malchow from J.J. Keller & Associates, a compliance consultancy, and me as the moderator.

Here are some key questions we addressed: Is my limousine, minibus, or coach a CMV? Can I be interstate if I never leave the state? What are the hours of service limits for passenger carriers?

According to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a passenger vehicle carrying nine to 15 people including the driver is considered a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) defined in Title 49 CFR 390.5 Definitions. This would include eight to 10 passenger stretch limousines (120-in.) and vans.

So all limo companies and van services running commercial vehicles fall under the guidelines of the FMSCA:

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