OTTAWA, ON – Transport Canada is hinting that when rules for electronic logging devices begin in the U.S. late 2017, Canada’s trucking industry will be in near lock step.
The logbook issue has drawn out for at least a decade as North American governments attempt to address safety concerns stemming from driver fatigue. The new system would see commercial truck and bus drivers switching from notepads to devices that automatically record driving time by monitoring engine hours, vehicle movement, kilometres driven and location information.
Truckers and bus drivers are allowed to behind the wheel for up to 13 hours in a day, but must be off-duty for 10 hours, eight consecutively.
TORONTO, ON – Thursday’s announcement of the final U.S. rule requiring the use of electronic logging devices (ELD) in late 2017, puts Canada “under the gun” to do the same thing, according to one group here at home, while reaction to the plan where it was born is mixed. The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) says the move by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration removes any remaining argument for the Canadian governments not to move forward with a similar mandate in Canada.
DALLAS — As regulators move closer to requiring controversial electronic logging devices for most trucks operating in both U.S. and Canada, a new online resource is available to people who have questions about the devices and the rules. ELDfacts.com has been started by the fleet management services provider Omnitracs LLC, in anticipation of the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration mandate slated for a September release. The regulations are expected to take effect sometime later.