The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) confirmed that short-term rental agreements signed on or before April 19, 2018, are allowed to use paper logs rather than electronic logging devices (ELDs) until the end of the rental term.
Rental agreements must be 30 days or less and may not be stacked with future rental agreements. For example, if a rental agreement was signed for 30 days with a customer and that agreement began on April 15, 2018, the customer would be eligible to use paper logs until May 15, 2018. At that point, they would move to ELDs if a rental agreement were to be extended or a new rental agreement was signed.
Any rental agreement of 8 days or less is exempt from the ELD Mandate until December 2022. Agreements that are more than 8 days in length that are signed starting April 20, 2018, are not allowed to use paper logs. ELD is required unless the customer was to fall under another existing exemption, which includes:
- The 100 air-mile radius exemption for CDL drivers
- The 150 air-mile radius exemption for non-CDL drivers
- An exemption allowing drivers that only exceed their 100 or 150 air-mile exemption 8 or fewer days per any 30-day interval
MHC Truck Leasing wants to help you stay informed and compliant on the rules and regulations. We have ELD solutions available for any customer that needs one. Contact your rep today to learn more information and stay current on the latest industry updates.