Canada unveils plans to mandate ELDs, mirror U.S.
BRAMPTON, ON - Canada's federal government has unveiled plans to mandate Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) in trucks, largely echoing rules that officially take hold today in the U.S. Draft versions of the rules have been published in Canada Gazette Part 1, and once finalized are to roll out within two years. "This will make truck drivers less prone to fatigue," federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said after announcing the proposed regulations. "It will make our roads safer." Canadian-based truckers heading across the border already have to comply with the U.S. mandate. "For a number of years, the Canadian Trucking Alliance has been pointing to research that shows a universal Electronic Logging Device mandate would have a direct and immediate impact on curbing behaviors strongly linked with higher crash rates such as driving over [their] prescribed limits of service, which leads to fatigue," he told a crowd of fleet executives and media assembled in a Trailcon Leasing service bay. "These Electronic Logging Devices can help commercial drivers and employers comply with existing Hours of Service regulations and help reduce the potential of driver fatigue. They also help drivers and employers on the administrative side of their work, and the devices' electronic records virtually eliminate the need for time-consuming paper logs." A two-year rollout will allow enough time to deploy the devices, Garneau added. "If we can do it quicker than that, that would be even better."