11.15.22.09

.09 Registration Criteria — Rental Vehicles.

A. Rental owners.

(1) All rental vehicles of a rental owner who registers them in accordance with this section will be regarded as proportionally-registered vehicles if the rental owner has received approval from Maryland to apportion the rental fleets.

(2) The operational records of the rental fleet shall be maintained by the rental owner.

(3) The rental vehicles may be registered in the name of the rental owner or in the name of individual lessees.

B. Tractor, Truck-tractor and Truck Fleet Registrations. Rental owners having a rental fleet of trucks, tractors and truck-tractors based in Maryland excluding one-way vehicles, and operating into or through one or more other member jurisdictions may proportionally register the vehicles by paying apportionable registration fees based on mileage using Schedule A/C (Form IRP A/C) and Schedule B (Form IRP B).

C. Trailers and Semitrailers in Pool Fleets.

(1) Rental owners who rent or lease trailers and semitrailers having a registered gross weight in excess of 6,000 pounds and used solely in pool fleets for operation in Maryland and one or more other jurisdictions may, instead of full registration of each vehicle in Maryland, register the number of trailers and semitrailers determined as follows: Divide the gross revenue received in the preceding year for rentals of trailers and semitrailers operated in Maryland by the total gross revenue received in the preceding year for trailer and semitrailer rentals in all jurisdictions and multiply the quotient by the total number of trailers and semitrailers in the fleet on the first day of each registration year.

(2) Monthly and yearly records shall be maintained to reflect accurately the gross revenue earned in each jurisdiction. Monthly summaries shall be supported by rental settlement contracts. Yearly earnings shall be supported by the company's financial statements and copies of federal and State income tax returns.

(3) When vehicles are added to the fleet after the first day of a licensing year, the same percentage factor used at the beginning of that licensing year shall be used to determine the number of additional vehicles to be registered in Maryland.

D. Utility Trailers.

(1) Rental owners who rent or lease utility trailers having a registered gross weight of 6,000 pounds or less in more than one member jurisdiction may, instead of full registration of each vehicle in Maryland, register a number of trailers equal to or more than the average number of the trailers rented in or through Maryland during the preceding year.

(2) Records.

(a) Monthly and yearly records shall be maintained to reflect accurately the inventory count and Maryland registrations.

(b) Inventory records shall include a:

(i) Count of the vehicles not rented located in each jurisdiction at the time of inventory count;

(ii) Count of the entire fleet owned or operated, whether rented or not rented, at the time of inventory count; and

(iii) Listing of registration plate numbers and dates purchased each year.

(c) Registration records and cancelled checks representing payment of license plates purchased or renewed shall be available for auditor review.

(2) When vehicles are added to the fleet after the first day of a licensing year, the same percentage factor used at the beginning of that licensing year shall be used in determining the number of additional vehicles subject to be registered in Maryland registration.

E. One-way Fleet Vehicles.

(1) Rental owners who rent or lease trucks having a registered weight of less than 26,000 pounds in more than one member jurisdiction may, instead of full registration of each vehicle in Maryland, register the number of trucks determined as follows: In each weight class divide the mileage traveled in all jurisdictions, and multiply the quotient by the total number of vehicles of the same weight class owned or operated in the particular class on the first day of each registration year.

(2) Monthly and yearly records shall be maintained to reflect accurately mileage traveled in each jurisdiction by weight class and inventory counts of each class of vehicle. Inventory records shall include a listing of registration plate numbers and dates purchased each year.

(3) When vehicles are added to the fleet after the first day of a licensing year, the same percentage factor used at the beginning of that licensing year for each weight class shall be used to determine the number of additional vehicles subject to Maryland registration.