Transport Canada published changes to the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations in the Canada Gazette, Part II (the Regulations). Currently, motor carriers and drivers currently maintain a daily log. Soon these logs will be replaced with electronic logging devices (ELDs).
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- What is an electronic logging device?
- What’s changing?
- When do the changes come into effect?
What is an electronic logging device?
An ELD is a black box that connects to the electronic control module of a vehicle. They make it easier and faster to track, manage, share and improve the accuracy of a driver’s hours of service record. This helps drivers stay within legally allowed driving hours, and reduce fatigue. In order to display the data, the ELD needs to be part of a full technology solution, often including a rugged mobile device or tablet, a mount and software. A mobile printer can be added for printing delivery receipts or paperwork, something part of a POD solution. A full ELD solution allows companies to not only meet the mandate, but go beyond it to enable your team, delivering the best business outcomes.
- help reduce:
- fatigue related crashes, injuries and deaths
- out-of-service detention time of drivers who violate the regulations
- administrative costs for industry
- enforcement costs for the provinces and territories.
- make competition fairer for federally-regulated motor carriers
- work better with regulatory requirements in the US
- make it easier for drivers and motor carriers to comply with the regulations
- improve drivers’ quality of life
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The Technical Standard for Electronic Logging Devices (the Standard) has been incorporated by reference, as amended from time to time, into the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations. This means that the Technical Standard has been added to the Regulations. The Standard establishes minimum performance and design specifications for ELDs and is closely aligned with the technical specifications set out in the U.S. ELD Final Rule, with variations only to the extent necessary to address the differences between the two regulations.
Commercial motor vehicle drivers will still need to enter some of the information from their record of duty status (like on-duty time related to fueling, loading or unloading), the ELD will automatically record other information like driving time, odometer readings, and engine power-up.
Motor carriers and drivers will need to use ELDs that have been tested and certified by an accredited certification body that has followed the criteria set in the most recent version of the Standard and the Regulations.
In order to ensure ELD compliance, it is crucial to implement devices, software, and connectivity solutions that are accurate. OCR Canada offers user-friendly, reliable systems that will help keep you safe and in compliance without requiring a large amount of extra work or upkeep. Call 800-853-7226 today.
When do the changes come into effect?
On June 12, 2022, updates to the provincial Highway Traffic Act Regulation 555/06 (Hours of Service) will come into force. These changes will make it mandatory for commercial motor vehicle drivers who operate within Ontario to use an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) to record their hours of service (HoS).
To support operators in complying with requirements and align with the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) recommended approach to the enforcement of the federal ELD mandate, Ontario will provide an education and awareness period until January 1, 2023, for commercial truck carriers (without penalties).
Bus carriers who operate in Ontario only will be required to use a certified ELD as of July 1, 2023.
Motor carriers will need to choose, buy and install certified devices in their commercial motor vehicles by June 12, 2022.
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