AEMP Focus on Regulation: FMCSA Grants Limited Exemption of ELD Rule to Short-term Rentals
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Posted by: AEMP
If you occasionally need to rent a commercial truck to fill a gap in your fleet, the government has decided to make short-term rentals a little easier for you.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published a Federal Register notice today saying is has decided to the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) a limited exemption from the requirement to use an electronic logging device (ELD) to record the driver’s hours-of-service (HOS) which goes into effect no later than December 18, 2017.
FMCSA says the exemption means "all drivers of commercial motor vehicles rented for 8 days or less, regardless of reason, are NOT required to use an ELD in the vehicle." Drivers will still be subject to standard hours-of-service limits and must keep a paper log. The exempt driver must have a copy of his/her RODS for the current day and the prior seven days. A copy of the truck's rental agreement clearly identifying the parties to the agreement, the vehicle, and the dates of the rental period must also be in the vehicle.
Drivers must have a copy of the FMCSA notice (available here) or equivalent signed FMCSA exemption document in their possession while operating under the terms of the exemption. The exemption document must be presented to law enforcement officials upon request.
This exemption from the requirements of 49 CFR 395.8(a)(1)(i) is effective from October 11, 2017 through October 11, 2022.
The exemption of the ELD rule was requested by the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) in November 2016.