As trucking professionals are still adjusting to the FMCSA’s ELD mandate in the USA after its deadline for compliance this past December 18th 2017, Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced a new law that would require ELDs be used in Canada by 2020.
CTA Chairmen Gene Orlick stated: “The U.S.’s experience in implementing ELDs has shown us that even with two years to prepare, there will be some in our sector that never choose to comply in time. While we need to be respectful of the transition-time requirements of ELD implementation to businesses and governments, we also must not manage to the lowest common denominator and ensure everybody is fairly complying with the rules.”
Geoffrey Wood, senior vice-president of policy for the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) said “The process to mirror the impending Canadian ELD mandate with the U.S. rule is going smoothly”
One of the harmonized rules we can anticipate is the model year of trucks that are included in the mandate. Canada will most likely include truck model year 2000 and newer to harmonize with the U.S
The Canadian mandate will not require ELDs to be used until 2020, with existing devices grandfathered until 2022.
As of right now, the Canadian ELD proposal is in the Gazette 1 phase, and Wood said the CTA would like to see it reach Gazette 2 (final decision) by June of this year.
The Canadian ELD proposal can be found here if you are interested to read it.
It has been made pretty clear however, that the process to mirror the FMCSA’s ELD mandate is to assure that any driver with either a Canadian or U.S. registered compliant device would be fully compliant on either side of the border.
One subject that we are most interested in is the famous 13 hours of driving that is allowed in Canada versus 11 hours in the U.S. not to mention the cycle differences. Although there is no mention about harmonizing current HOS regulations specifically, but rather just ELD rules, let’s hope for Canadian drivers that this will remain un-changed and perhaps even help the U.S. to consider increasing their daily driving time to match that of Canada.
The TruxTrax ELD solution known as the TruxBox ELD is an FMCSA certified device, and also supports Canadian HOS regulations is they are today and are moving forward with in development to having a dual mandate (USA+Canada) ELD on the market available to drivers.
Check out the TruxTrax ELogbook/ELD solution.