FPInnovations named first ELD certification body

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OTTAWA, Ont. – FPInnovations will be the first body to certify Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) as Canada prepares to mandate the technology.

Federally regulated carriers will need to equip trucks with certified ELDs beginning June 12, 2021.

While U.S. regulators allow suppliers to self-certify that equipment meets underlying technical standards, Transport Canada requires third-party certification to help ensure the devices are not prone to tampering.

Omnitracs ELD
ELDs will be mandatory in federally regulated trucks as of June 2021. (Photo: Omnitracs)

Glen Legere, FPInnovations senior director – Fibre Supply Innovation Centre of Excellence, referred to the accreditation process as “rigorous”.

“We have demonstrated our expertise in testing these devices and the validity of the results of our methodology. FPInnovations understands the importance of the electronic logging device mandate and is ready and committed to helping improve road safety in Canada by taking up the challenge of certifying these devices,” he said. “FPInnovations will soon announce guidelines on how electronic logging device providers can apply for device certification.”

FPInnovations’ transportation research group had already established an optional service that can be used to ensure that devices meet U.S. technical standards.

“I look forward to seeing even more companies accredited in the near future,” said Transport Minister Marc Garneau. “The start of Electronic Logging Device certification is a major milestone on our path towards improving road safety in Canada by having these devices installed in commercial vehicles.”

ELD benefits

Transport Canada has calculated that mandatory ELDs will reduce the risk of fatigue-related collisions by about 10%, while also reducing administrative burdens such as the need for paper daily logs and the time enforcement officers need to verify compliance.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) and Teamsters Canada quickly emerged with statements applauding the move.

“The process for ELD validation is expected to take three to four weeks with the certifying body being able to handle multiple ELD vendors at the same time,” said CTA president Stephen Laskowski. “All systems are a go for a new era of hours of service compliance beginning in June 2021, which covers the Canadian trucking industry engaged in inter-provincial and international trade.” 

Provinces and territories will still determine whether ELDs are required for trucks that remain within their borders.

Teamsters Canada, meanwhile, sees the approaching mandate as benefitting safety.

“We are now one step closer to a future where all trucking companies have to play by the same set of rules and put safety first. Third party certified ELDs will help enforce hours of service rules designed to reduce driver fatigue, prevent accidents and ultimately save lives,” said Teamsters Canada president François Laporte.

But Mike Millian, president of the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada, continues to raise concerns about the related timelines.

“We’re glad to hear that we’ve reached this stage in the regulation finally, and it’s a positive that we now finally do have an approved third-party certification body,” Millian said. “But it does not change our opinion we are still going to run into issues with the timelines, with there only being 7-1/2 months left until the June 12 deadline.”

With the certification process expected to take four to six weeks, that leaves fleets less than six months to work with a list of certified devices, he said.

“It doesn’t change our opinion that we are still going to look at some form of enforcement delay.”

Regulators have repeatedly told Today’s Trucking that there are no plans to delay enforcement beyond June 12, 2021.

Transport Canada adds that the ELD mandate also addresses a recommendation following the Saskatchewan Coroners Service recommendation, following a multi-fatality collision involving a bus carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team.

Chantal Guay, CEO of the Standards Council of Canada, referred to it as a “critical step” for improving safety, and cited collaboration with the council, Transport Canada, and industry alike.

“This important milestone is an example of the positive impact of Canada’s standardization system on the overall health and safety of Canadians,” Guay said.

  • The original version of this developing story has been updated to include comments from the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada.
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John G. Smith is Newcom Media's vice-president - editorial, and the editorial director of its trucking publications -- including Today's Trucking, trucknews.com, and Transport Routier. The award-winning journalist has covered the trucking industry since 1995.

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  • We have switched over to it. Has been about 6 months. Its a lot easier but very challenging now to get a days work done. Constantly fighting the clock. Find drivers rushing and speeding in order to not red light. I feel in the long run it will be more unsafe.

  • I think they are unsafe, have friends running them no time to talk or sit and have lunch with a friend! I have been driving for 40+ years and will get a older truck or just retire! Very sad what the trucking industry has become! Also sad that we have people making laws that know nothing about trucking!

  • Eld s do not in them self improve safety Trucking companies and drivers do that. As for the fatigue element the laws make drivers, drive tired because they are mandated to get the job done in a certain amount of hours. They are penalized if they take a nap in the afternoon. I am a firm believer in ELDS and think they have their place and are one of the best things that have come about for many years but logs do not stop accidents people do, so we need drivers and companies to step up and do their part to make it safer on the roads. I have been in the trucking industry for 42 years and have seen many things in that time the trucks are more driver friendly the roads are better but we still struggle with the regulators doing things for political reasons not practical. Wake up Government and listen to the grass routes and lets all be safe out there.

    • Good comment, it’s not about safety
      It’s mandate ”
      “As for the fatigue element the laws make drivers, drive tired because they are mandated to get the job done in a certain amount of hours. They are penalized if they take a nap in the afternoon.”

      • Absolutely!!! ELDs never had anything to do with Safety and everything to do with “Compliance of Existing Rules.” Here in the US, drivers grumbled, screamed and cried that they were going to “buy a Pre-1999” or “outright leave the industry.” It appears that they same exact resistance is being echoed in Canada.

        The fact is, if someone truly believes ELDs are your enemy, then they are part of the reason ELDs exist in the first place. Everyone whining that “I’m losing pay” or “I’m having to race the clock” has obviously never taken a look in the mirror. If you’re having to do things differently, since ELDs have been implemented, then you weren’t operating within the scope of the rules that have been in effect for quite some time. God-Forbid something gets introduced, that records your duty time with a level of accuracy that you were either unwilling to or incapable of doing, on your own.

  • I started driving in 1979 with 4.5 million miles on the road accident free. and a guy like myself and a lot of guys with this experience have no say in what happens other the retire getting tiered or getting Bs tickets because they could not find anything unsafe on our trucks make us look like we are unsafe and careless which is not true at all.
    i don’t get why you the government can’t have Driver experience involved with making Hours of service change input. We can’t all sleep the same hours. I don’t see DOT having to work the hours we do just to make a living.
    If it weren’t for trucks and drivers delivering all the goods in the world you guys would not be eating or wearing cloths or driving cars. With this law we can’t stop to rest for 1-2 hours without losing 1-2 hours driving time in a day.
    Therefore making it a lot more unsafe.

  • I have been a truck driver for 7 years and the use of the ELD is rubbish that will not eliminate accidents because when I feel sleepy a driver cannot stop to rest for a while because he loses his driving time, accidents happen because the loading and unloading companies They take a long time and you cannot rest since you have to be following a line of other drivers and after leaving the load you are pressed with the time of the download and the cargo brokers pressing you all the time to deliver the product. avoid accidents on the contrary I am a driver and I cannot work with the ELD it does not let you earn money and I decided to get out of the truck business I never used it and I will never use it the driver knows when he is sleepy and when he has to sleep.

  • “ELD benefits
    Transport Canada has calculated that mandatory ELDs will reduce the risk of fatigue-related collisions by about 10%, while also reducing administrative burdens such as the need for paper daily logs and the time enforcement officers need to verify compliance.”

    As a driver with 16 years of experience, I absolutely do not agree with the formula above. People who have never worked in this profession regulate what they do not understand at all. The latest updates are the senseless torture of outdoing programmers to make the life of the driver unbearable. In good times my job was a pleasure, I could eat my meal in peace, I had time to jog for 30 minutes, now I’m driven by the clock. Someone noticed that most of the working people are enslaved in some way, working in boxes etc. Truck drivers were somewhat free, but that’s over because they have to be whipped away. I am writing with all responsibility that this system introduced a lot of stress and is against road safety. My entry will not change anything, I will also retire next year, but I say with my heart that what was introduced in the footsteps of airlines, where the traffic before take-off may be delayed, but there are no road works in the air, for example, so introducing something like this, makes no sense

  • Hi this is very big issue. I am in this industry from 6 year. Truck overnight parking is big issue.
    There are few others topics which need to be cover. Like single truck owner operator most struggling right now and needs to work on daily hours rules . From last 5 year there is no increase in rates even goes down. So these small bussiness owners need reform in this industry.
    Moninder dhatt

  • The led is not safer, that’s been proven already here in the u s. Us, the truckers let this happen. We are the most dominant force in the country if we would only stick together. United we win, divided we lose. Use to if we threatened to go on strike the president would call us! To see what the problem was, we had power, we had pull, now we have nothing. Think people, think.