Federal government mandates use of ELDs by June 2021
By Ellen Cools
The federal government recently announced it is mandating the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) by federally regulated commercial truck and bus operators by June 21, 2021.
ELDs will replace paper-based daily logbooks. According to a government news release, the change comes following collaboration between government and industry partners, and addresses a Saskatchewan Coroners Service recommendation following the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team collision.
ELDs are tamper-resistant devices directly integrated into commercial vehicle engines. The Canadian government says the goal behind mandating ELDs is to ensure commercial drivers drive within their daily limit and accurately log their working hours. The government also says using these devices reduces administrative burdens and are aligned with U.S. road safety regulations.
“These new mandatory logging devices in commercial vehicles will improve safety for drivers and for all Canadians. Collaboration with stakeholders and partners was key to putting these regulations in place. I thank my provincial and territorial colleagues in helping to develop this technical standard, and look forward to them introducing this requirement for operators within their jurisdictions. We know that fatigue increases the risks of accidents and that is why we are taking action across all modes of transportation,” said Minister of Transport Marc Garneau in a statement.