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Second Canadian ELD draft standard set for comment

Posted: July 14, 2016 by Today's Trucking Staff

OTTAWA, ON – A second draft of an electronic logging device (ELD) technical standard for Canada has been released by The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA). 

The latest draft, which is available for comment over summer 2016, details how the ELD must function and guides the technical perspective of how the devices will be manufactured in the industry. 

The CCMTA has been redrafting the technical standard since the 2015 release of the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s ELD mandate. 

The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA), which was actively involved with the first draft in 2013, announced that it will re-establish its ELD working group to assist members with understanding the latest draft of the technical standard. 

To further assist its members, CTA has created an infographic with an embedded video that “could assist carrier management teams, drivers and shippers in understanding the transition issues involved.”

*The infographic can be accessed be clicking on the pdf file at the bottom of this article. 

Most significant changes to requirements from the previous Canadian EOBR Standard released in 2013:

– ELD User Accounts (section 4.1): sections 4.1.1 to 4.1.5 include security requirements for account
management within an ELD and support system.

– Vehicle Motion Status (section 4.3.1.2): requirement under previous EOBR Standard has been modified
to ensure consistency with U.S. ELD regulation. Previous requirement under paragraph 3(a) was
reading: “The EOBR must automatically record driving time. It must also default to the driving status
within a distance travelled not to exceed 100 meters.”

– Situations Impacting Driving Time Recording (section 4.3.2.2.2): for interoperability with the U.S. ELD
regulation, the Canadian ELD Standard will allow for yard moves. However, GPS position and mileage
must be recorded and the start and end of these events.

– Automatic Setting of Duty Status to On‐Duty Not Driving (section 4.4.1.2): requirement under previous
EOBR Standard has been modified to ensure consistency with U.S. ELD regulation. Previous requirement
under paragraph 3(b) was reading: “When the CMV is stationary for 5 minutes or more, the EOBR must
default to ODND and prompt the driver to confirm the proper duty status. The date and time must be
recorded at status change (i.e. when the EOBR defaults to ODND), not at the exact time when the CMV
stopped moving.”

– Setting of Event Parameters in Records, Edits, and Entries (section 4.4.4): this section includes security
measures to protect data integrity and keep track of all ELD records, edits and entries history.

– Events and Data to Record (4.5.1): this section specifies all data elements that must be recorded.

– ELD’s Self‐Monitoring of Required Functions (section 4.6.1): this section includes standard features for
monitoring ELD malfunctions and data inconsistencies.

– Positioning Compliance Monitoring (section 4.6.1.4): requirement under previous EOBR Standard has
been modified to ensure consistency with U.S. ELD regulation. Previous requirement under paragraph
5(f) was reading: “If the GPS information (latitude and longitude) to determine the location of the CMV is
not available at moment of recording a duty status change, the EOBR must prompt the driver to enter
the location description (not latitude and longitude).This annotation must also be reported in the
sequence of duty status changes.”

– ELD Status Indicator (sections 4.6.2 and 4.6.3): these sections include requirements to indicate any ELD
malfunction.

– Information to be Shown on the Printout and Display at Roadside (section 4.8.1.3): this section
specifies all information and data elements that must be reported.

– Data Transfer Capability Requirements (section 4.9): this section provides requirements for data file
transfer to enforcement officials.

[Source: PIT Group]

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