FMCSA confirms short-term rentals entered before Friday will not require ELDs

The Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) received word from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) yesterday evening confirming short-term rental agreements signed on or before April 19 would be allowed to use paper logs rather than electronic logging devices (ELDs) until the end of the rental term.

TRALA says the rental agreement must be 30 days or less and may not be “stacked” with future rental agreements.  What this means, for example, is that if a rental agreement was signed for 30 days with a customer and that agreement began on April 15, the customer could continue to use paper logs until May 15 and then at that point would have to move to ELDs if the rental agreement were to be extended or a new rental agreement were to be entered into, TRALA says.

The TRALA waiver of three months granted by the FMCSA expired Thursday, so any rental agreements that are more than eight days in length that are signed starting today will not be allowed to use paper logs, but instead an ELD would be required unless the customer were to fall under another existing exemption.

TRALA says those exemptions would include the 100 air-mile radius exemption for CDL drivers, the 150 air-mile radius exemption for non-CDL drivers or the exemption that allows drivers that only exceed their 100 or 150 air mile exemption 8 or fewer days per any 30 day interval. Lastly, any rental agreement of eight days or less is exempt from the ELD mandate until December, 2022, TRALA says.

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