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ELD Mandate – What should Fleets expect?

Sep 30, 2020 | Posted in News

 

The Canadian Transportation Ministry has mandated that, by June 12, 2021, ELDs (or electronic logging devices) will have to be used by all drivers that are currently required to maintain a logbook. An ELD is defined by Transport Canada as “a certified device that automatically records a driver’s driving time and facilitates the recording of the driver’s record of duty status.” The actual duty status rules are unchanged – the mandate only reinforces compliance that all paper logs are to be replaced with an automated logging system. Many fleets are already equipped for full compliance with the use of a telematics system.

There are many benefits from using a certified ELD, including:

  • Automatic, accurate duty status changes based on vehicle movement & engine on/off
  • Fleet managers’ use of a centralized software to gain real-time visibility into all drivers’ duty statuses, including drivers nearing or already in violation
  • Minimize driver fatigue, improve road safety, and ensure lawful compliance; use of an on-screen display to show inspectors at roadside checks
  • Paperless DVIRs (driver vehicle inspection reports): track pre and post trip vehicle inspections with driver signoff & photos, and speed up repairs / maintenance dispatching
  • Easy ELD installs: plug & play installation allows a vehicle to be set up in less than 15 minutes
  • Added benefits of telematics (if embedded into the ELD), such as live vehicle location tracking, historical tracking, harsh driving behaviours, seat belt compliance, speeding, idling, route optimization to name a few

Summary
With the mandate’s hard switchover date fast approaching, many fleets are looking to implement a reliable ELD system in their vehicles. To learn more about ELD and how your fleet can be prepared, contact us today for a demo and review of your fleet.

Note: Content provided in this blog is based on currently available information and may be subject to change. For up to date information, visit the Transport Canada website.

 

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