October 12, 2017
Transport Topics --- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it is granting the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (Trala) a five-year exemption from a federal requirement that is scheduled to take effect December 18 that all trucks be equipped with electronic logging devices to record drivers’ hours of service.
The limited exemption provides that all drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles rented for eight days or less, regardless of reason, are not required to use an ELD in the vehicle.
“While operating under this exemption, drivers will remain subject to the standard hours-of-service limits, must maintain a paper record of duty status if required, and maintain a copy of the rental agreement on the vehicle,” the agency said.
FMCSA said it has determined that an exemption period of up to 30 days, as requested, is unnecessarily long given the importance of ELDs to ensure the accuracy of HOS records.
Trala members engage in commercial truck renting and leasing, vehicle finance leasing, and consumer truck rental. Its membership includes such firms as Ryder System, Penske Truck Leasing, U-Haul, Budget and Enterprise Truck Rental.
While Trala said that it fully supports FMCSA’s final rule to mandate ELDs, it is concerned about the unintended technical and operational consequences that will unfairly and adversely affect short-term rental vehicles. The group said the rental industry provides short-term rental services to a large population of drivers on a daily basis.
Trala said that considering the significant number of different device platforms and subscription options, it is unlikely that the driver’s device would be able to communicate properly with the rental company’s telematics platform.
If you have any questions concerning the upcoming ELD mandate, please contact the IMTA office at (515) 244-5193.