Canadian ELD Hours of Service Rules

HOS247 is the ultimate provider in Canada of all your needs to run a trucking business or just a truck: Hours of Service ELD solution for fleets and owner-operators, GPS fleet tracking, vehicle maintenance and more. We work hard to bring up newer, more convenient and effective ways to manage fleets and to stay Transport Canada compliant. Keep reading to find out how switching today can be beneficial to you. 

Canadian Hours of Service ELD mandate

The Canadian ELD Mandate was created to improve driver safety as well as the safety of everyone else on the road. Overall, it will require certain commercial motor vehicle drivers to stop using paper logs, which are time-consuming and create room for error, and instead use electronic logging devices to record their hours of service (HOS) and records of duty status (RODS). Electronic logging devices can more easily keep track of whether drivers are adhering to the ELD hours of service rules in Canada regarding when to take breaks. They can also make inspections easier and more accurate for the drivers and inspectors. Most of the mandate is similar to the ELD Mandate set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in the United States, but there are certain exceptions and differences. 

  • The proposed Canadian ELD Mandate was first published on Dec. 16, 2017, by the Canadian government, allowing for comments from stakeholders and the public by the end of the second quarter of 2017.
  • On June 13, 2019, Transport Canada released a final rule that commercial vehicle drivers will be required to start using ELDs instead of paper logs, unless they meet certain exemptions. 
  • By the enforcement date of June 12, 2021, affected drivers and carriers must all have begun using ELDs instead of paper logs. As such, carriers and drivers should already be familiarizing themselves with the mandate and begun the process of choosing a reliable ELD service provider.

It is important to note that, unlike the U.S. ELD Mandate that allowed a grandfathered period for fleets already using elogs to ensure compliance, the Canadian Mandate will not allow extra time for drivers to comply.

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What is an ELD?

Essentially, an ELD is an electronic logging device that attaches to a vehicle’s diagnostic port and automatically records and logs the time a driver spends driving, among other things. Officially, Transport Canada’s definition of an ELD is “a certified device or technology that automatically logs the driver’s driving time and record of duty status.” 

The report created by the ELD is a replacement for paper logs, which are time-consuming to organize and analyze. The electronic submission of HOS makes the reports more accurate and imposes more accountability on drivers to make sure they’re taking their breaks as required and not spending so much time on the road that they become drowsy and accident-prone. And because ELD reports can be accessed on-site as well as remotely, the use of an ELD makes inspections easier to conduct and makes compliance easier for carriers. Plus, dispatchers can see in real time where their drivers may be at any given moment. 

Electronic logging devices were created in an effort to improve road safety by reducing driver fatigue. If a driver is driving for longer than the allowed time before taking a break, the ELD will record the fact that the driver was in motion and alert the driver that it is time to stop. If the driver keeps driving, their fleet manager can be alerted to the fact as well. Additionally, Transport Canada’s inspection officers can access the hours of service during roadside inspections. And since the ELDs provide an accurate representation of driver behavior, inspectors can be confident that the data from the ELD hasn’t been tampered with. 


Not all ELDs are created the same. In fact, there are many companies that create ELDs and promise different features. One of the most important thing carriers should look for when researching ELDs is a provider who can provide superior customer service and that doesn’t lock customers into long-term contracts. Nonetheless, carriers can rest assured that, unlike the U.S. ELD Mandate, the Canadian Mandate requires ELDs to be certified by a third party.

ELDs also simplify administrative duties such as recording mileage and assigning drivers to jobs. Additionally, the use of an ELD will harmonize more easily with regulations in the United States, making it easier for drivers and carriers who operate internationally.

Who Must Adhere to the Canadian  HOS ELD Mandate?

All in all, the Canadian ELD Mandate is expected to affect close to 160,000 commercial vehicle drivers across the country. Drivers who operate only within their home province will not have to abide by the mandate, as they’re bound by provincial regulations. However, inter-provincial drivers are held to federal regulations and, therefore, must comply with the Canadian Electronic Logging Device Mandate. This includes both commercial truck drivers and commercial bus drivers, unless they meet particular exemptions. 

Although drivers who operate within their home province do not yet have to follow the federal ELD Mandate, they should be aware of the fact that their province may at some point adopt similar guidelines. Becoming familiar with electronic devices now will help them not only prepare for any future regulations, but also benefit from the safety and ease of administration that ELDs provide. 

Canada ELD Mandate Exemptions 

Although the Canadian ELD Mandate will not be enforced until June 12, 2021, there are four main exemptions for certain commercial motor vehicles. Drivers will have to comply with the mandate if their vehicle:

  • Operates under a permit granted by an HOS director
  • Has a statutory exemption
  • Is being operated under a short-term rental agreement of fewer than 30 days (unlike the U.S. ELD Mandate, which states the short-term rental agreement must be no more than eight days)
  • Was manufactured before the year 2000

How is HOS247 ELD Beneficial to Drivers?

The Electronic Logging devices designed and manufactured by HOS247 are Transport Canada certified. They meet all the requirements posed by Transport Canada and are helping all the drivers and transport fleet owners to adhere to all the rules and policy regulations. Moreover, our Electronic Logging Systems (ELD’s) follow and support multiple HOS rules and trucking exemptions. 

At HOS247, we feel responsible for our drivers. Researches have proved that a majority of the accidents happening around the country are due to driver’s fatigue and tiredness. Hence, we follow these basic Canadian HOS rules to make sure the drivers get enough rest and do not feel any fatigue or drowsiness.

Canada ELD recap hours:

  • 70 hours for every 7 days of continuous duty.
  • 120 hours for every 14 days of continuous duty.

Once a driver has worked for the allowed duration, he must rest for at least 34 hours before he can continue.

Should the Drivers Use Elog Mobile Apps for Logging Data?

Well, yes! But they must merge it with the ELD system as well. Confused? Read on. 

Drivers have been using elog apps on their phones to display the information to safety inspectors. This is a very quick and convenient way to pass through the check post. But how do these apps get this information? 

An ELD system is therefore required to do the job. An ELD system is connected to the engine of the vehicle. This system records the Hours of service and record order duty system. This job cannot be done by a mobile app. The data recorded by the ELD system is then sent to these apps as the ELD system does not have a screen built-in for display. This information is therefore displayed on the mobile screens.

HOS247 offers the mixture of both: the elog mobile app and the ELS system. A mobile app, alone, is not sufficient and hence both these systems are merged and connected to each other. They work simultaneously and our systems, being 100% rugged and tamper-free, provide you with precise information. 

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Why Do You Need to Switch to a Better HOS ELD App?

An ELD app must make drivers jobs more convenient. It should make his life easier than complicate it. There are many signs which tell you to make the switch today. To get a better Electronic Logging app. For example: 

  • No customer support when the driver needs it the most
  • Complicated user interface. Logs are difficult to understand and are not accurate
  • Cloud backup problems
  • The drivers or the fleet owner doesn’t like the app because it gives too much freedom or too less freedom
  • Expensive
  • Bought from a new seller in the market having no knowledge and has only popped op because of the new rules, trying to sell the product and make money

If you are facing any of these problems, welcome to the team. Many others are facing the same problem and are looking for ways to find the best ELD app and service provider. You can follow these 3 rules to find the best, honest and a trustworthy ELD provider for you:

  1. Learn about the ELD provider: Before doing any business, first, know who you are dealing with. You can read reviews of them from a number of unbiased internet sites on the internet. Google play store, App Store, Google reviews, etc. are few such platforms. These reviews will help you understand their service. 
  1. Check out the User Interface: As a driver or the fleet manager, you will obviously be paying for this service. Hence, this app should ease the job for you. Checking out the UI of the E-logging app, its ease of working, etc. you can see if the app will work for you or not. 

Customer support: Imagine getting stuck at a check post and the safety inspector is asking your HOS or RODS. If the server shuts down or the app crashes, you have no way to show how innocent you are. During such a difficult time, if the customer doesn’t respond, you are a gone case. A good, human customer support is very much necessary for a prompt response.

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Why Choose HOS247 Over Other Electronic Logging Device Providers?

HOS247 is a leader among the elogs app providers. We are one of the most trusted and reputed brands in the transportation industry around the United States and Canada. Our Hours of Service ELD is Transport Canada approved and all our updates go through a thorough investigation for Transport Canada approval. We fulfil all the conditions and requirements. 

Not just this, we also envelop some of the most amazing features that our users love to use. 

  • Our E-log app is User Friendly. Try us out before committing.. 
  • No Contracts: We know you cannot trust anyone, not even us, for the job. Therefore we offer a no-contract deal. No contract means freedom. You don’t have to commit to us and forcefully use our app if you don’t like it. Well, no one has done that yet. 
  • 2-week 100% refund policy: We believe in customer satisfaction. If for any reason, you don’t want to continue our service, you can let us know within the first two weeks of installation and we assure you a 100% refund with no hassle at all. 
  • Dedicated Support: Wherever you are, on earth, or in the space, we assure you to give you the best customer service anytime and anywhere. Our highly trained fleet of professionals will take care of all your doubts. 
  • Versatile Support: We know how each one of us is comfortable speaking in their native language. Keeping this in mind, our fleet of professionals is multilingual. You will always find the right person for any support. 
  • Flexibility and options: Every fleet manager has a different requirement for his different sized fleet. With our versatile options to choose from, you will have a package that best suits your requirements. Pay only for the feature you need the most-> It can be an ELD system, a GPS tracking system, mileage, or a dispatch feature, It’s your choice.
  • Hardware: Our devices are reliable and thoroughly tested before shipped to customers. u
  • App compatibility and usage: Our e-log app is designed carefully by our experts to work even in the worst connectivity. Whether you have a 3G or a 4G phone, it doesn’t matter. The app will work flawlessly. We also have dedicated apps for Android and IOS exclusively. 

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