The Canadian ELD (ELOG) Mandate
The Canadian ELD mandate Spec has been officially published on June 13th, 2019. The new rules will come into effect on June 12, 2021, by which time all drivers must be ELD compliant.
- Existing “e-logging” devices (AOBRDs,EOBRs,e-Logs) permitted until 2021
- Will standardize processes to prevent errors, logbook tampering and driver harassment
- Will adopt most of the provisions in the U.S. Mandate from December 2017
- Won’t change the Hours of Service regulations—just how drive time is recorded and reported
- Will require replacing paper logs with a regulation-compliant device that connects directly to the engine ECM
- Commercial vehicles meeting the following will be exempt from the ruling:
- operated by a motor carrier under a permit
- operated by a motor carrier to which an exemption has been issued under the ACT
- the subject of a rental agreement of no longer than 30 days that is not an extended or renewed rental
- Or manufactured before model year 2000
The Canadian government has linked ELD devices with safer roads and preventing fatigue, like the reasons supplied by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). It says: “Driver fatigue is recognized in Canada and internationally as a critical risk factor associated with motor vehicle crashes, accounting for 15-20% of crashes in transportation. Commercial motor vehicle drivers are particularly at risk because of the monotonous nature of their work, extended work days, irregular schedules and poor sleep hygiene.”
For a number of years, the Canadian Trucking Alliance has been pointing to research that shows a universal Electronic Logging Device mandate would have a direct and immediate impact on curbing behaviors strongly linked with higher crash rates . “We’re constantly looking at how technology can improve road safety, and electronic stability control and electronic logging devices fit the bill,” said Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau. “These new measures not only make trucks and buses safer, but they also have a trickle-down effect of making the roads safer for all Canadians.”
The Canadian ELD announcement was received with open arms by trucking bodies in Canada. Mike Millian, President of The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC) welcomed the introduction of the ELDs stating: “we are firm believers that this regulation will benefit the entire industry. Electronic logs will make compliance easier to verify, ensuring all carriers are following the hours of service rules. This will result in a leveling of the playing field within the industry and improved road safety for all.”
Last updated June 13th, 2019:
It is expected that the introduction of ELD in Canada will mirror the timeline of the process in the U.S. There, the FMCSA published the rule in 2015, with a phase-in compliance from December 2017. The phase-in process sees the mandatory use of ELDs with existing AOBRDs grandfathered for two years- meaning all AOBRD’s are to be phased out and replaced with ELDs by December 2019.
In Canada, motor carriers and drivers will have two years to prepare for the implementation of ELDs. This gives carriers the time to select and install ELDs and train their drivers in how to use them.
Within those two years of transition, drivers and carriers will be exempt from compliance with the new ELD provisions. After the two-year transition period, full compliance will be required by June 12th, 2021.
From the Govt Of Canada Website:
Electronic logging devices are tamper-resistant devices that are integrated into commercial vehicle engines. They are intended to ensure that commercial drivers drive within their daily limit and accurately log their working hours. The devices track when and how long drivers have been at the wheel, and ensure they are complying with the Government of Canada’s Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations.
The Canadian ELD Mandate has been officially published!
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