TORONTO, Ont. – Transport Canada released its cost-benefit analysis (CBA) for the proposed electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, with benefits expected to exceed costs by a ratio of 2:1.
The CBA indicates that “ELDs are an effective compliance tool to reduce the potential for driver fatigue and the likelihood of a driver reporting incorrect data on a paper log book…(and) are expected to improve road safety by increasing the accuracy of tracking driving hours (to ensure that allowable driving hours are not exceeded) and reducing potentially high-risk situations whereby drivers may operate in a fatigued state.”
Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) CEO David Bradley said the analysis confirms the benefits of an ELD mandate and dispels some of the myths about the devices.
“Now that the federal government has made its path clear, we call on all provinces to get onboard and extend the mandate to provincially-regulated vehicles as well,” Bradley said.
Some of the benefits identified in the CBA for an ELD mandate included time savings for drivers, carrier clerical personnel and roadside inspectors and auditors, alignment with the US mandate and meeting public expectations for safer transportation. Some costs highlighted were acquisition, installation, activation and monitoring, training and additional expenditures incurred by the industry, such as the hiring of additional personnel and purchase of additional vehicles.
Though the exact date for compliance for a Canadian ELD mandate has not been set, Transport Canada said it hopes to align with the US mandate set to occur December 2017, with a grandfathering provided for qualifying technology until December 2019.
The CTA said it supports a two-year phase in period, plus an additional two-year grandfathering for qualifying equipment.