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Transport Canada Says Electronic Log Devices Finally Coming

Posted: February 17, 2016 by Today's Trucking Staff

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.

“The technical specifications and standards for electronic logging device (ELD) technology may differ slightly between the U.S. and Canada, but should not be necessarily inconsistent,” Transport Canada spokeswoman Natasha Gauthier told The Canadian Press Monday.

The devices, which cost about $2,000 each, are estimated by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to annually save $1 billion US in administrative costs, about 26 lives and prevent 562 injuries.

Industry experts say that as many as half of Canada’s larger fleets are already using ELDs, and many more are in the process of implementing them.

Now that it has the commitment of the federal government, the industry is calling on the provinces to implement an ELD mandate for those trucking operations that come under provincial jurisdiction, says Canadian Trucking Alliance president David Bradley. The federal government has jurisdiction over provincial trucking operations that cross provincial and/or international borders, while the provincial governments are responsible for trucking operations that operate solely within a province.

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