The J. J. Keller® Encompass® Platform helps exempt and non-regulated fleets manage DOT compliance for every type of driver class, no matter which hours-of-service exceptions, exemptions, or rulesets are used. And it’s the industry’s most trusted fleet management solution for comprehensive driver and vehicle compliance with every FMCSA requirement, like driver qualification, DVIRs, vehicle maintenance, and alcohol and drug testing

But fleets also need operational data. Visibility to your vehicle’s location, routes, and weather and shipper delays, can help you make the right decisions quickly and deliver exceptional customer service, which is critical in the competitive local, route-delivery, service-related, and short-haul markets.

The Encompass® Platform offers non-regulated fleets numerous solutions to help you stay compliant and get the most from your fleet — J. J. Keller ELDs, Encompass® Vehicle Tracking, and Encompass® DVIRs with time tracking.


Hours of service notification in the Encompass ELD mobile appJ. J. KELLER ELDS FOR EXEMPT LOGGING

If your fleet uses multiple vehicle classes or you need visibility to drivers' driving and on-duty hours, you can use J. J. Keller ELDs to prevent violations and ensure that you’re fully utilizing your drivers and vehicles.

Drivers who use 100- or 150-air mile exceptions will get Encompass® ELD app alerts that warn them when their hours approach thresholds for standard grid logging. Non-regulated and agricultural (Ag) drivers can also use the app to track their hours.  And the app makes it easy for drivers to indicate yard moves and personal conveyance.

But most exempt fleets who use ELDs do so for the operational benefits they offer.  J. J. Keller ELDs collect useful data that improve decision-making, help you maximize your driver and vehicle efficiency, and improve driver safety. This includes:

With ELDs, drivers are free to drive, instead of filling out paper exempt logs, time cards, and trip sheets.

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ENCOMPASS® VEHICLE TRACKING FOR IMPROVED FLEET VISIBILITYThe Encompass Platform and vehicle tracking device

Encompass® Vehicle Tracking offers nearly the same benefits as ELDs without the automated hours-of-service tracking, although you can still enter hours manually.  Plus, the solution does not require a driver interface, setting drivers free from device distractions to focus on their core duties.

Once installed, data from the GPS tracker flows to the back office, allowing you to see:

  • Current vehicle location
  • Detailed vehicle route history with date, address, and time
  • Vehicle speed
  • Applicable weather and traffic activity

Encompass® Vehicle Tracking offers automated IFTA and IRP reporting and geofencing. And you get full access to the Encompass® Platform so that you can stay compliant with all DOT requirements for hiring, driver qualification, drug and alcohol testing, inspections, legalization, and more.  

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Choose the Encompass® DVIR app if you need simple timecard tracking. This easy-to-use mobile app works with iPhone® and Android™ devices and allows drivers and employees to check-in and out and adjust timesheets without any in-cab hardware. Reporting is available within the Encompass® Platform.

Additionally, the Encompass® DVIR app provides robust vehicle inspection features like customizable selection criteria, entry of license plate requirements for compliance with Canadian requirements, and the ability to take and upload photos of inspection items. It streamlines the vehicle inspection defect process, reducing your risk of violations, out of service orders, and downtime.

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Even if a driver is subject to the hours-of-service rules, he or she may be exempt from needing a standard log to record their work hours. Common exceptions include:

  • 150 air-mile CDL driver exception - Section 395.1(e)(1): The most commonly used and widely known — and frequently misunderstood — short-haul log exception available to property- and passenger-carrying drivers. The 150-air-mile (previously 100-air-mile) provision exempts drivers from standard grid logs, supporting document requirements (395.11), and the 30-minute break from driving. Drivers must return home each day, be done working within 14 hours, and remain within the 150 air miles.
  • 150 air-mile non-CDL driver exception - Section 395.1(e)(2): This is another short-haul exception available only to property-carrying drivers who are not required to have a commercial driver's license (CDL) for the vehicle. The 150-air-mile provision exempts drivers from standard grid logs, supporting document requirements (395.11), the 30-minute break from driving, and (twice per week) the 14-hour limit. This exception provides additional benefits for eligible drivers, such as a twice-weekly 16-hour workday and the ability to work more than 14 hours per day.
  • 100 air-mile driver-salesperson exception - Section 395.1(c) & (e)(1): Drivers classified as salespersons who spend less than half their time driving a property-carrying vehicle and who stay within a 100 air-mile radius are exempt from standard grid logs, the 30-minute break from driving, and the need to return to the work-reporting location at the end of the day. Those who drive no more than 40 hours per week are also exempt from the weekly 60- or 70-hour on-duty limit.
  • 75 air-mile construction exception - Section 395.1(m): Drivers who transport construction materials and equipment within a 75 air-mile radius of their normal work-reporting location are allowed to reset their weekly 60- or 70-hour on-duty limit by taking just 24 hours off duty, rather than 34 hours. These drivers may also take advantage of the 150 air-mile exceptions noted above, as long as they comply with the terms of the exception.