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Canada reportedly planning to mandate ELDs

MONTREAL, Que. — A weekend report from The Canadian Press suggests Transport Canada is planning to introduce legislation requiring electronic logging devices (ELDs).

The US will require ELDs for hours-of-service recording by December 2017, including among Canadian drivers who operate there.

Transport Canada spokeswoman Natasha Gauthier told The Canadian Press any changes will be “operationally feasible for the industry” and aligned as much as possible with the US, the report said.

“The technical specifications and standards for electronic logging device (ELD) technology may differ slightly between the US and Canada, but should not be necessarily inconsistent,” Gauthier said in an e-mail to CP.

Truck News last month asked federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau’s office if his Ministry has taken a position on ELDs, but did not receive a response. His predecessor Lisa Raitt had expressed her desire to mandate ELDs even before the US published its final rule requiring their use.

You can read the CP story here. For more info on the US legislation, see the February cover story from Truck News. You can also read editorial director Lou Smyrlis’ take on ELDs here.

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2 Comments » for Canada reportedly planning to mandate ELDs
  1. Bo says:

    The ELD will work great for large carriers that have terminals every 300 miles but smaller companies will have to make costly adjustments. Ontario based small companies with speed limiters and ELD where most states are increasing speeds will have to shut down as they won’t be abele to compete and matching delivery time. Most companies are finding smaller and smaller profit margins and the industry is over regulated. Trucking became a undesirable business.

  2. Thomas says:

    Something that’s pin to pin, ELD can work fine, but if you have to live load shipment. Then ELD going to up the rate for pickup and deliveries, where the shipper or receiver, does not care long it takes. This is a problem for all involved. Who’s going to pay at the end of the day? You think it’s hard to find drivers now, wait until it’s law.
    This going to be very costly for smaller carriers , changes of big costs will put pressure on the Industry. Like the USA , they can’t park the trucks and loads now, what they doing to do when everyone is on line. When the DOT and Police fining company and driver’s on ramps . When does the safety come into affect then. This way gov wants ELD’s, says it’s safer. I question this.
    I been driving near 30 years now, and been safe and respectable to traffic, that we deal with ever day. I run my log, to work and be safe. Why need someone to fine to be safe on the hwy.

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