Canadian Elog Mandate
The Canadian Elog Mandate aims to increase accountability and safety in the trucking industry. A lack of safety and the vast amount of administration from paperwork costs the industry billions of dollars, creating a significant economic problem for the sector.
On 13th June 2019, Transport Canada released the final ruling of the ELD to Gazette II with a compliance date set on 12th June 2021. In October 2020, Transport Canada announced that FPI Innovations had been accredited to certify Elogs.
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, embraces the new regulation, saying;
“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.” (Source)
This article discusses the core aspects of the electronic driver logs mandate regulations and how HOS247 helps fleets and owner-operators stay HOS compliant.
What is the Canadian Elog Mandate?
The Canadian Elog Mandate is based on many of the U.S. ELD regulation standards that took effect in December 2017. It also bears similarities to the regulations adopted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The underlying purpose is to standardize the trucking industry’s processes to prevent errors, tampering, and driver harassment. The Canada Gazette says the ELD Mandate will save up to $380 million by mitigating these problems.
Electronic Logging Devices in Canada must all comply with technical standards and be certified by an accredited third party. This is one major difference from the US Mandate, which allows providers to self-certify devices. As a result, fewer devices will be available to carriers operating in Canada. Elogs providers must pay to test solutions and become certified by an accredited body. The goal is to protect carriers by giving them validation from an independent authority that electronic logbooks are compliant with the electronic driver logs mandate’s technical requirements.
Senior VP of the Canadian Trucking Alliance, Geoff Wood, says that the Canadian Mandate is otherwise 99.8% in line with that of the US. Most differences are at the vendor level, and fleets will not have to do anything differently when complying with the Canadian rules.
All commercial vehicles are expected to capture Hours of Service via electronic logbooks, replacing traditional paper logs. Paper logs lead to hour skimming, whereby drivers are driving illegal hours and reporting false hours. All drivers will operate in a safe working environment and track their records of duty status (RODS). There is no Grandfather Clause with the Canadian ELD Mandate, allowing the use of existing ELDs beyond the 12th June 2021 compliance time.
An Elog has several features to improve safety, administration, and industry costs. Previously, Canada had no specific requirements that govern the use of electronic truck logs for monitoring drivers’ hours of service. As well as the direct safety and error reduction benefits, the Canadian Rule will limit unfair competition by ensuring everyone follows the same set of regulations.
The electronic driver logs mandate introduction ensures driver fatigue is minimized, safety improved, and harmonization with the US regulations to support economic growth. The HOS and ELD rules will regulate the sleeping patterns of driving, avoiding fatigue, which is critical in commercial driving, given the vehicle’s size in operation. Transport Canada estimates that the mandatory Electronic Logging Device requirement will reduce the risk of fatigue-related collisions by around 10%.
Who does the Electronic Driver Logs Mandate Impact in Canada?
All federally regulated carriers are impacted by the Elogs Rule. To put that into context, around 157,000 commercial vehicles in Canada will need to be compliant with the new regulations. Any company operating in a Canadian province comes under the provincial jurisdiction, and those providing extra-provincial transportation like local activities fall into federal jurisdiction. As it stands, the provincially regulated carriers do not need to comply with the ELD Mandate regulations.
Canadian ELD exemptions
Unlike FMCSA’s rule in the US, which has multiple exemptions, the ELD Mandate in Canada only has a few exceptions from motor vehicles’ requirement to be equipped with a certified Elog. The exemptions are:
- Vehicles that are operating under a permit
- If the carrier operating the vehicle is issued with an exemption under the Motor Vehicle Transport Act
- When the vehicle is subject to a rental agreement of fewer than 31 days which is not an extension or renewal rental of the same vehicle.
- A vehicle manufactured before the year 2000 (in reference to the engine)
In case of electronic logbook malfunctions, carriers can keep paper logs for up to 14 days (8 days in the US regulations). The device must be repaired if a vehicle returns to a home terminal before that point.
Canada Elog Mandate Compliance Timeline
You can see an overview of the Canadian Elog Mandate compliance timeline below.
Following an initial period for industry stakeholder comments in 2016, the proposal for the electronic truck logs rule was published in the Canada Gazette on 16th December 2017. A public consultation period was opened, ending in February 2018, with the final ruling being published by the Canada Gazette in June 2019. Industry stakeholders, electronic logbook vendors, and governments are all part of the consultation process.
The deadline for compliance is 12th June 2021, giving carriers a full two years after the final publication. At that point, carriers must switch to elogs from paper logs to remain compliant. Carriers should review ELD vendors offerings and test devices prior to June 2021 if they want to become compliant with the law by the deadline.
HOS247 is one of the leading vendors in the ELD market.
HOS247 ELD Logbook to Rely On
HOS247 is the leading Elogs vendor providing both Transport Canada and FMCSA compliant ELD devices. Dedicated account managers are assigned to every account to assist in managing electronic logs. The solution offers superior safety and productivity for any fleet, whether small or large.
The logging devices are straightforward to install while being affordable. All you need to do is plug the ELD into your vehicle, and it will start to record hours and miles automatically during driving. The app connects to ELDs via Bluetooth, displaying the driving time that drivers record. It is compatible with Android and iOS devices.
Why choose HOS247?
There are multiple benefits to choosing HOS247 as your Elogs provider. In addition to electronic logbooks, HOS247 offers features that are beneficial for successful trucking operations like GPS tracking and IFTA mileage reports.
The main features of the HOS247 ELD include:
- Automatic HOS
Hours of service calculation is automatic, along with violation alerts, records of driving time, miles, and locations.
- Compliance monitoring
Fleet managers can monitor the service logs of drivers and receive alerts to prevent violations. Views of past logs are available with the ability to filter by date or driver.
- Tracking your fleet
Vehicle tracking is in real-time with full location history. Includes breadcrumb trails, route points, and street views for complete monitoring. You can instantly know who is behind the wheel and monitor their status.
- Inspection Mode
The logs are displayed via the electronic truck logs app on a tablet or smartphone. No printer is required.
- Compliant with HOS rules
The device complies with multiple HOS rules, including federal US and Canada hours of service.
- Access permissions
You can manage fleet manager, compliance officer, account, broker, and customer permissions.
- IFTA mileage reporting
IFTA state mileage reporting is automated to save time and money for carriers. Vehicle and total state miles are calculated automatically, and fleet owners can run reports for specific timeframes through the dashboard.
Ease of use
HOS247 offers a driver-friendly ELD interface with easy-to-navigate menus, one-click roadside inspection mode, and clear HOS rules and exceptions. Paper-free DVIRs save time for drivers with history available to prevent any compliance errors. Mechanics can be notified when defects need to be corrected. HOS247 lets drivers set duty status with just two clicks and updates the status automatically when driving starts and stops.
Our team or dedicated account managers will ensure you have the right functionality to optimize operations’ efficiency. The top-rated support team is here 7 days a week to help carriers fully understand the requirements and become compliant with the electronic driver logs mandate.
It’s more than Elogs Compliance
In addition to hours of service compliance, features like IFTA mileage reporting, real-time tracking, violation alerts, and inspection mode will help you get a better ROI from the solution.