Canada’s ELD Mandate: What You Need to Know

Canada ELD Mandate

On June 13, 2019, Transport Canada released its final rule outlining the new Canadian ELD requirements. Whether you’re a Canadian driver or fleet owner or a driver in the US who crosses the Canadian border, the new ELD mandate will impact you. Here’s what you need to know.

The Purpose of the ELD Mandate

Set for a compliance date of June 12, 2021, Canada’s ELD mandate is designed to do many of the things the US ELD mandate does:

  • Reduce hours of service (HOS) violations
  • Standardize logging hours on the road
  • Reduce logbook errors and manipulation
  • Keep truck drivers and other vehicles on Canada’s roads safer
  • Reduce driver harassment that pressure or force them to drive when it’s unsafe

Ultimately, the new mandate is about safety and making sure all drivers and fleets comply with current rules and regulations. As such, the HOS regulations for Canadian commercial vehicle drivers are largely untouched by the new ELD mandate. The biggest changes will be in how those hours are recorded.

Similarities to the US ELD Mandate

Canada didn’t attempt to reinvent the wheel with their own ELD mandate. A large portion of the Canadian version mirrors that of the ELD mandate for the United States.  

  • Electronic logging devices will replace paper logbooks and older/existing electronic recording devices
  • ELDs will need to connect directly to the engine ECM
  • ELD systems will need to meet specific compliance criteria
  • Non-compliance will result in fines and out-of-service orders

Ultimately, the ELD mandate will make drivers and fleets more efficient, save money, and reduce safety violations. While there will definitely be a learning curve and a period of adjustment, like the US ELD mandate, Canadian carriers will likely find that they adjust well and reap the benefits of the changes sooner rather than later. 

Differences Between Canada and the US ELD Mandate

If your route takes you across the border into Canada, it’s important to understand that there are a few key differences between the two country’s ELD mandates. US drivers and fleets will have to make sure their ELD system complies with Canadian requirements or face penalties when crossing into Canada.

ELD devices will be required to comply with technical standards outlined in the ELD mandate and be certified by a third party. This differs from the US where self-certification is allowed. This means that fewer ELD providers will be available to choose from. It also means that US drivers and fleets will have to make sure their ELD system complies with Canadian standards before crossing into Canada. Rest assured, the Gorilla Safety ELD is fully compliant for both US and Canadian fleets.

Older electronic recording devices will NOT be grandfathered into the ELD mandate. Like those using paper logbooks, older systems will need to be replaced or upgraded by the compliance date.  

Fewer exemptions from the ELD mandate will be allowed in Canada. Currently, the following exceptions are allowed: 

  • Trucks operating under a permit
  • Carriers with existing exceptions
  • Trucks being rented for no more than 30 days — no long-term or rental renewals allowed
  • Operating a truck with an engine built prior to 2000

For US fleets and drivers with routes in Canada, it’s important to make sure your ELD system has the ability to become compatible with Canadian standards. Gorilla Safety is designed to be updated and upgraded as needed and offers better functionality than other US ELD systems available. Make the switch to a better ELD. Contact Gorilla Safety today.