If a driver is permitted to use a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for personal reasons, how must the driving time be recorded?
NOTE: This guidance revises FMCSA-HOS-ELD-395-FAQ62, issued on April 3, 2017, and rescinded on March 10, 2022.
Question: If a driver is permitted to use a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) for personal reasons, how must the driving time be recorded?
Guidance: There are two ways authorized personal use (personal conveyance, or “PC”) can be recorded using an electronic logging device (ELD):
- If the motor carrier has configured the driver user account to authorize personal use in accordance with 49 CFR 395.28(a), then the driver may use the personal conveyance special driving category to record that time.
- If the motor carrier has not configured the device to authorize personal conveyance, the driver may switch to Off Duty and annotate the beginning of personal conveyance period. Once the personal conveyance period has ended, the driver annotates the end event, as well as any events that occurred during that time period.
Note: This guidance document does not have the force and effect of law and is not meant to bind the public in any way. It is intended only to provide information and clarity regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.