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A post-ELD Mandate guide to maximizing personal conveyance

01.10.2020 - 1:21 PM Comments: 0

Personal conveyance has been around for years, but it has come under a microscope as of late because of the ELD Mandate. 

Now more than ever, it’s important for drivers to understand how to utilize all of the special statuses that are at their disposal. Nevertheless, it’s important to note that not all carriers offer a personal conveyance option. 

If you’re unsure whether you do or not, you might want to clear that up with your carrier. If you do have access to it, however, then figuring out how to use it effectively is paramount to making the most out of your hours of service. 

The FMCSA describes personal conveyance as being the movement of a commercial motor vehicle for personal use while off-duty. In order to legally use the status, drivers must be fully relieved from work and all responsibilities that go along with it.

In other words, you can’t use personal conveyance to extend drive time or deliver a load, no matter how close you are to your destination. 

Nonetheless, it can be used for actions such as getting to a safe place with a load, looking for a parking lot if the one you’re at is full, if you’re stuck in traffic, or even if you’re driving in suboptimal weather conditions. Currently, there is no limitation on personal conveyance coming from the FMCSA, as long as you have a note on your log that includes an explanation for its use. 

According to the FMCSA, other authorized personal uses consist of traveling from your home to a terminal, terminal to a hotel/motel, or going to a restaurant to it. In essence, if you’re using your truck as a personal vehicle once you’re off-duty, you should be under personal conveyance. 

Drivers should also note that your ELD will not activate personal conveyance for you, as you’ll have to conduct the status change yourself. Once the status is activated, the ELD will continue to record driving time, so don’t be alarmed by your logs continuing to record your driving. 

In the case of GPSTab, the status can be explained as follows: When on personal conveyance, driving is recorded as a dotted line on off-duty status, per regulations. As long as drivers select the status before or after their day/shift, their personal conveyance will not count against their on-duty or driving status.

However, if a driver chooses to use personal conveyance in the middle of their day, the time will count against your 14-hour on-duty time, but not as driving time. 

Additionally, while many believe that personal conveyance can’t be used when laded, that isn’t the case. Because drivers aren’t strategically moving the load for commercial benefit, they can use personal conveyance without repercussion. 

Personal conveyance is a valuable tool for drivers to use when they’re in need of transporting themselves with their trucks. As long as your carrier allows for the option, you can maximize your driving time using the status change as necessary. 

For more information from the FMCSA, you can go here. So, what do you think about personal conveyance? Has it been useful for you in the past? Let us know in the comments or on socials media!

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