Explaining the Canadian ELD mandate

There’s a bit of confusion surrounding Canadian truckers about the Canadian ELD mandate. If you handle trucking in Hamilton or anywhere else in Canada, knowing about the upcoming Canadian Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate is key, especially since it’ll be rolled out by June, with full implementation scheduled by 2020, as reported by the Canadian Trucking Association.

The Canadian mandate is similar to the one the US have, but it’s still a complicated process that needs to be understood. Not complying will lead to hefty fines, at best, out-of-service orders, at worst, which can be expensive for both company and driver.

To help you a bit, here’s a small guide on the matter.

What’s the point?

An ELD is more than just for tracking a driver’s hours-of-service (HOS), it can also be used to streamline the company’s workflow and communication. The device itself is a piece of hardware that’s connected to the truck’s engine control module, and tracks HOS compliance, which allows it to ensure that both drivers and companies that handle trucking in Hamilton or anywhere else are complying to regulation put in place for road safety.

During an inspection, the ELD can transfer its data to DOT/MTO officers, to assist with investigations. On top of that, regulations require CDL to have a record of duty status, which the HRO helps with providing.

What’s the Canadian ELD mandate, and why is it required?

The mandate requires that most fleets in Canada and the US switch to computerized logs to keep track of driver’s hours, as the most use outdated paper logs. A third party will double check the ELD devices in order to ensure security. The aim of the mandate is to create safer roads and fewer accidents and injuries.

How it affect trucking companies in Canada

Carriers that cross international borders, particularly in and out of the US, already use ELDs, as they are mandated by US legislation. Local operators, however, are more variable. For any trucking company not using ELDs, they need to make the switch as soon as they can before the end of 2019, when Canada beings enforcing the mandate, and issuing punishments.

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