FMCSA grants ELD extension for rental trucks

On Friday the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published in the Federal Register the waiver the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) had requested for short-term rental trucks.

TRALA says this 90-day waiver from the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate runs from today until April 19, 2018. While TRALA was told by the agency that this waiver was coming since Dec. 12, 2017, TRALA had been waiting for the FMCSA to formally post it in the Federal Register so that any driver of a short-term rental truck can simply print out a copy of the notice and carry it in their cab during this time frame.

With the ELD mandate going in to effect on Dec. 18, 2017 many safety officers have been unaware of the waiver being granted for rental trucks, which had created confusion for several TRALA members. By posting the waiver in the Federal Register, TRALA says it expects the inspection process to be much simpler for rental trucks.

Additionally, the 90-day waiver will allow trucks rented for 30 days or less to use paper logs to record their Hours-of-Service and allow TRALA members more time to equip trucks with ELDs. This 90-day waiver can only be issued once but following its conclusion, rental customers will still be able to rely on the eight-day exemption from the ELD mandate for rental trucks that TRALA received late last year and runs for five years.

TRALA says there are several requirements within the 90-day waiver that must be followed in order to benefit from this exemption. They include:

    • The waiver will expire on April 19, 2018.
  • The exemption covers rental of any property-carrying vehicle for a period of 30 days or less and evidence that a carrier has simply replaced one rental with another 30 days will be considered a violation.
  • Drivers operating under this waiver must still comply with all other regulations such as paper logs while operating a short-term rental truck.
  • Motor carriers must have a “satisfactory” rating in order to utilize this waiver.
  • Drivers must carry a copy of the Federal Register notice in the vehicle and present it to a law enforcement officer upon request.
  • Carriers operating under this waiver must notify FMCSA within 5 business days of any accident involving any vehicle that was using this waiver at the time of the accident.
  • FMCSA expects that drivers and their employing motor carrier operating under the terms of this waiver will maintain their safety record and if they do not, FMCSA will revoke the waiver from that particular motor carrier.

To view and print the official 90-day waiver published in the Federal Register, please CLICK HERE.

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