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The Canadian ELD Mandate

The CCMTA (Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators) is in the process of finalizing the Canadian ELD Mandate proposal and could release their ruling within the next year. With the announcement just around the corner, find out what the Canadian ELD could entail before everyone else!

ELDs 101:

What is the ELD Mandate?

An electronic logging device, or ELD, is a device used to automatically collect and process a driver’s Hours of Service (HOS) data by connecting directly to the engine’s ECM. The Canadian ELD Mandate will adopt many of the provisions of the U.S. regulation, which is going to take effect in December 2017.
Canadian ELD Mandate Quick Facts
• Will standardize processes to prevent errors, logbook tampering and driver harassment
• Will adopt most of the provisions in the U.S. Mandate which will take effect in December of 2017
• Won’t change the Hours of Service regulations—just how drive time is recorded and reported
• Will require replacing paper logs with a regulation-compliant device that connects directly to the engine ECM
• New device requirements may require existing “e-logging” devices to be updated or replaced (AOBRDs, EOBRs, e-Logs)


Why is a Canadian ELD Mandate Needed?

At its core, the Canadian ELD Mandate is being developed to increase safety and accountability in the trucking industry, but there are additional reasons it’s being considered. Every year, over $650 billion in goods cross the U.S.–Canada border and the drivers and fleets responsible for that cargo have to comply with changing regulations on both sides. The Canadian mandate will ensure cross-border consistency by adapting much of the U.S. regulation. Once passed, Canadian fleets and drivers will essentially be able to operate across all of North America without having to worry about complying with different regulations when using the Omnitracs products.


ELD Functionality.

A large portion of the final mandate will outline very specific details of how ELDs will operate and the processes that drivers and fleets need to follow. The details of these sections are still being fine-tuned for the Canadian Mandate, but you can learn more about the kinds of changes to anticipate below:
Logbook Edits – Drivers will be able to edit their logs (with required annotations), and will be required to certify the logbooks. Fleets will not be able to edit a driver log without the driver’s approval.
Data Sharing – Data will need to be easily—and securely—shared with law enforcement in a standardized format to save time and reduce confusion.
Data Collection – Devices will collect additional data including engine power status, vehicle motion status, vehicle location, engine hours, miles driven, driver CDL#, truck VIN#, and more.
Driver Alerts – Devices will be required to trigger an alert when there is “unassigned driving time” on a driver log, or when a device malfunction is found.
Driver Duty Status – Will require a “Duty Status” for all vehicle drive time. U.S. Mandate Duty Statuses include: On-Duty, Off-Duty, Yard Move, Personal Conveyance, and On-Duty Not Driving.


Benefits of ELD Adoption.

Adopting an ELD does more than keep you safe from regulatory fines. In the U.S., the mandate is projected to save fleets and drivers over $1 billion annually and drastically reduce accidents caused by driver fatigue.
Go to ELDfacts.com to get the most current information about the U.S. and Canadian Mandate as more information becomes available.

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