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Is a driver required to maintain their records of duty status on an ELD while operating a rental vehicle?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a limited exemption to motor carriers that operate with a rented commercial motor vehicle for 8 days or less. This limited exemption provides that all drivers of property-carrying commercial motor vehicles rented for 8 days or less, regardless of reason, are not required to use an ELD in the vehicle. To meet this exemption, the driver and the motor carrier must maintain the following:

  • A copy of federal register notice (FRN) 82 FR 47306 Hours of Service of Drivers: Application for Exemption; Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA) or equivalent signed FMCSA exemption document. This document must be provided to the safety official upon request;
  • A copy of rental agreement with parties to the agreement clearly identified, the vehicle, and the dates of the rental period; and
  • A copy of the driver’s records of duty status for the current day and the prior 7 days if required on those days.
  • For additional information see FRN 82 FR 47306 Hours of Service of Drivers: Application for Exemption; Truck Renting and Leasing Association (TRALA), published on October 11, 2017.

Did this answer your question? If not, please email ELD@dot.gov or call 1-800-832-5660 for more information. 

Last Updated : December 18, 2017
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