Today the Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) was notified by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that they have granted TRALA’s request for a 90-Day waiver from the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate for short-term rental trucks (defined as 30 days or less). This decision will give all TRALA members until March 18, 2018 to take the necessary steps to get their trucks in compliance with the mandate as well as work with their customers to make the transition to ELDs as seamless as possible.
The ELD rule requires that nearly all drivers must use an ELD to record their hours-of-service requirements beginning on December 18, 2017. Though certain exemptions were given in the original rule, the FMCSA did not grant an exemption for all short-term rental trucks despite the myriad of issues that specifically would impact the rental industry and were cited by TRALA in its formal comments to the rule. After the rule was released, TRALA submitted a petition requesting a 5 year exemption from the ELD Mandate for trucks rented for 30 days or less. After the public comment period – during which over 300 comments were submitted in support of TRALAs exemption while less than 10 were opposed – and after nearly 6 months of deliberations, on October 24, 2017 the FMCSA granted a partial exemption to TRALA for rental trucks, but for only 8 days rather than the 30 days TRALA had requested.
Despite receiving a partial exemption, TRALA felt that FMCSA had not left TRALA members enough time to properly equip their fleet, and determine how to operate their rental fleets in compliance with the ELD mandate. TRALA continued to discuss further options with FMCSA to help ease the burden on the […]