After being granted a 90-day reprieve from the ELD rule on January 19, the association of truck rental companies wants another exemption.
This time, however, TRALA wants the ELD exemption for short-term rental trucks — defined as trucks leased for 30 days or less — to run until the end of 2018.
TRALA explained that giving them until the end of 2018 to comply with the ELD mandate “would provide rental-vehicle owners, carriers, and drivers with additional time to develop compliance strategies for dealing with the unique issues relating to the use of ELDs in short-term rental vehicles.”
According to TRALA, the 90-day reprieve given to them is insufficient “to address the ELD problems that they and their short-term lessors are encountering.”
TRALA assured that if the new request is approved, it will not impact operational safety because short-term rental truck drivers would still be subject to hours of service rules and will comply with the regulations by maintaining paper logs.
TRALA’s current ELD exemption would expire on April 19, 2018. If the FMCSA doesn’t extend the ELD waiver, truck rental companies will need compliant ELDs after April 19.
The new request by TRALA to extend the ELD exemption has been published in the Federal Register and is open for public comment.
At this time, it is unclear whether or not the FMCSA will grant TRALA any extension.
However, for other drivers who are not exempt from the mandate, there is no doubt. They are all preparing for the upcoming April 1 ELD enforcement deadline when full enforcement begins.
If any non-exempt driver doesn’t have an ELD after April 1, he/she may face severe consequences, including damage to CSA scores and being placed out of service for 10 hours.