January ELD deadline expected to hold firm: CTA

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) says the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) has assured it that provinces and territories are committed to enforcing an electronic logging device (ELD) mandate beginning in January.

That deadline represents a delay in the rule that was first to be enforced beginning last month, largely because few devices were certified leading up to the original deadline. All ELDs used to meet the mandate must be certified as meeting underlying technical standards.

Fifty-two ELD models are now certified by Transport Canada.

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(Photo: Isaac Instruments)

“If there’s unforeseen circumstances that lead to a jurisdiction not being ready to enforce, other jurisdictions that are ready and prepared will not be held back and will go forward,” said Geoff Wood, CTA’s senior vice-president – policy. “The industry has been well prepared for this rule for a long time and has waited long enough for enforcement. It’s time enforcement begins.”  

British Columbia, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador have yet to establish their respective regulatory paths. But the B.C. government has assured the B.C. Trucking Association that enforcement will begin in the western province Jan. 1, and the Quebec Trucking Association (QTA) expects regulatory matters to be finalized soon.

The Ontario and Quebec trucking associations both say government officials confirmed the deadlines for them in April.

Quebec Transport Minister Francois Bonnardel confirmed the deadline for QTA directors on April 29, says Marc Cadieux, CEO of the Quebec Trucking Association.

The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA) also believes Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador will enforce the rules beginning in January.

The provincial associations are among those that make up the Canadian Trucking Alliance.

“We can’t afford another delay with this implementation,” said Jean-Marc Picard, executive director of the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association (APTA). “Carriers are ready, therefore Transport Canada and all jurisdictions should move this forward.”

“This is an important industry initiative for raising the bar on road safety,” added Aaron Dolyniuk, executive director of the Manitoba Trucking Association.

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  • Why does the C T Acwant 10.000 more owner ops and change mpany driver quit’ They need to put as much effort into proper treatment of sick or injured drivers as the E logs in ont

  • I am all for the mandate but am concerned with the lack of monitoring of certified ELD products for compliance after the certification process is complete. The push is, understandably, on getting devices certified, but who is monitoring products after certification. I have experience with a product that was certified early on, but had/has issues with required elements that failed to function after updates to softwear. As I understand, these updates are not required to undergo any testing after certificaion. The only check is a random? audit of certified devices by the certifying body that does not appear to be consistant with their rules at the moment.
    Be aware and make sure your certified device is actually compliant.

  • As a professional driver of 45years I won’t be e-logging .As far as I have been reading the reasons for safety are false.it’s just another case of all are painted with the same brush as falsifying the paper log is not an epidemic . Thanks Mike

  • Thank you for the update. I am also wondering if the size of a fleet will decide if certain trucks will or will not need E-Log equipment? IE: what about a landscaping company that has 1 dump truck that does travel around the province from time to time?