The ELD mandate will remain in effect for drivers of rental vehicles operating under rental agreements running longer than eight days.
TRALA President and Chief Executive Officer Jake Jacoby met with FMCSA leadership on October 5 at their request and they explained their decision. While TRALA had the support of all its members, the vast majority of the trucking industry, as well as the diverse customer base that utilizes rental trucks, the agency explained that they had to couple that with a strong desire to make sure the mandate could be enforceable and to not deviate too much from a congressional directive.
While TRALA regrets that the petition--to allow trucks rented for 30 days or less be exempted from the ELD Mandate--was not accepted fully, having the ability to operate rental trucks for eight days without requiring an ELD will help alleviate some problems that would have existed had TRALA's petition been denied outright, especially for addressing break-downs.
The key problems TRALA envisions are administrative and logistical in nature, which FMCSA has acknowledged. During the October 5, FMCSA told TRALA that the ELD Mandate would allow drivers to combine HOS records from their own ELD platform with the one provided by a truck rental company even if they are different systems.
Unfortunately, this likely would result in every driver having to manually log his/her HOS information by combining two systems. This could cause significant loss of time and would require drivers to learn a whole new ELD operating system all to fulfill HOS reporting for short-tern rentals. TRALA believes these hurdles fly in the face of the Trump Administration's goal of having fewer harmful regulations and to have those regulations that are implemented be as efficient as possible.