Feds mandate use of ELDs, FPInnovations named first certification body
By Ellen Cools
The government of Canada has officially mandated the use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) in an effort to improve road safety and reduce commercial driver fatigue.
Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced that FPInnovations has been named the first third-party certification body for ELDs.
“FPInnovations is honoured to receive accreditation from Transport Canada and the Standards Council of Canada as a certification body of electronic logging devices. We went through a rigorous accreditation process and have demonstrated compliance with the International Organization for Standardization standard, ISO/IEC 17065. 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. FPInnovations will soon announce guidelines on how electronic logging device providers can apply for device certification,” said Glen Légère, senior director at the Fibre Supply Innovation Centre of Excellence, FPInnovations, in a statement.
Transport Canada announced in 2019 that all federally regulated commercial trucks and buses in Canada would need to be equipped with a certified ELD. According to a government press release, the organization has since been working on a plan that would allow for third-party testing and certification.
The department estimates that requiring ELDs will reduce the risk of fatigue-related accidents by 10 per cent.
The date for the coming-into-force timelines for ELDs remains June 12, 2021.