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.