The Canadian ELD

(ELOG) Mandate 
Deadline & HOS Rules - Q4 2019

When will the Canadian Elog Mandate be introduced?

The Canadian Trucking Alliance’s (CTA) , by coincidence or not, issued their timeframes for the elog regulation on December 18,2017, the same day that ELD compliance formally came into effect in the US. They requested that compliance be fully enforced by the fourth quarter of 2019, with existing devices (such as ERDs) permitted until 2022.

What will the Canadian ELD Mandate include?
  • Will be enforced by the fourth quarter of 2019

  • Existing “e-logging” devices (AOBRDs,EOBRs,e-Logs) permitted until 2022

  • 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

  • Still undecided over which model year elog would be regulated to- Either model trucks 1995 and newer or model year 2000 and newer

  • Still undecided over the handling of rented and leased vehicles and out-of-service orders for failure to have an ELD

Why is an ELD Mandate introduced in Canada?

Last updated December 4, 2018: ​​

  • 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. ELDs will be mandatory 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.  ​

  • The precise timeline for the introduction of the Canadian ELD is still under review. It is expected that the timeline will be like that of the introduction of ELDs in the U.S., with a public comment period, publication, compliance date and end of a grandfather clause. 

What is the ELD Mandate?

From the FMCSA Website: The electronic logging device rule is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data. An ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording.

What's Next?

Currently, the Canadian ELD proposal is in the Gazette 1 phase, and the CTA would like to see it reach Gazette 2 (final decision) by June of 2018.

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