On June 13, 2019, Transport Canada published Canada’s long-awaited ELD (electronic logging device) rule in an effort to increase safety and compliance in the trucking industry. In 2 years (by June 2021), ELDs will have to be used by all drivers that are currently required to maintain a logbook. The rules themselves will not be changed, but will simply have to be recorded electronically and automatically.
While a similar mandate has already taken effect in the U.S., there are two notable differences that the Canadian mandate has:
- The ELD-compliant devices that will be used in Canada will require third-party device certification; a rule put in place to reduce modification or tampering of the devices.
- Existing automatic onboard recording devices will not be grandfathered, meaning existing devices will need to be third-party-certified or replaced with new devices.
“The two-year implementation period may seem quick for some truck owners,” Transport Minister Marc Garneau said, “but I want to reassure you that this period will allow them enough time to set up and install the devices. In doing this we are looking to reduce truck and bus crashes due to fatigue.”
While the industry awaits the government to work with ELD suppliers to identify a third-party certification institution, there are current suppliers that are already ELD compliant in the U.S. such as Geotab that can be explored.
Read more about the mandate here.News
In December 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) mandated in the United States that required drivers to use electronic logging devices (ELD) in lieu of paper logbooks. In Canada, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) is in the process of finalizing a similar proposal and could release their ruling to be in effect by 2020, with a 2 year phased-in compliance period for fleets already using such ELDs (subject to change).
An electronic logging device is a digital device used to automatically capture and store a driver’s Hours of Service (HOS) data. It connects directly to the engine control module (ECM), which provides a number of benefits over the traditional logbook method of recording HOS:
- changes the previous driver-written, paper entry method to a digital, auto-logged process
- replaces paper logs with a regulation-compliant device directly connected to the vehicle’s engine control module
- prevents human errors or culpable tampering
- stored digitally and almost instantly in the cloud for accurate, historical record keeping
- records accessible for easy retrieval for audits by both the driver, instantly upon the request of law enforcement, or a fleet manager through an online portal
Telematics technology can easily provide compliance to this upcoming mandate, plus many more major benefits. Please visit our whitepaper or contact us today to find out more about our telematics solutions and how they can propel your fleet to the next level.
Read more about the Canadian ELD Mandate here.