Summit Idealease announces compliance with upcoming ELD mandate

Large Logo Cmy Kbuild 300x69Summit Idealease has announced it’s compliant with the Electronic Logging Data (ELD) mandate that goes into effect on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. Customers who rent vehicles from any of the 18 Summit Idealease locations can use Summit’s Geotab device or their own telematics devices to comply with ELD regulations, according to the Summit Holdings subsidiary.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) granted the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA), of which Summit Idealease is a member, a 90-day waiver from the ELD mandate. This waiver only applies to short-term rentals under 30 days. Despite the waiver, Summit Idealease completed installation of Geotab telematics devices on all of its lease and rental vehicles.

“Summit Idealease will operate on Dec. 18th and going forward as if the 90-day waiver does not exist,” says Cal Alexander, Summit vice president of lease and rental. “We are ready on Day One to meet the ELD requirements.”

Customers who use Summit’s Geotab telematics equipment will have access to an online fleet management portal providing information on their lease or rental vehicles, including hours of service (HOS) logs, driver violations, vehicle locations, routing activity, idle time, driver behavior, geo-fencing alerts and notifications, and HOS reports and information. The portal is accessible via web browser, while driver Records of Duty Status (RODS) are recorded via iOS and Android devices using a free app available via the App Store or Play Store.

Summit Idealease says its staff will continue to work with its rental customers during the waiver period to ensure their staff receives the necessary training, that their fleet administrators are set up to access data and that all of its customers are compliant before the waiver period ends. Once this waiver expires, only rentals of up to eight days are exempt from ELD regulations, the company says.

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