Party’s over for paper logs.
Now It’s Canada’s Turn-ELD Mandate In Effect In 2021
Maple Leaf Motoring: U.S. trucks will need Canadian-certifed ELDs
When Canada’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate takes effect in 2021, U.S. trucks will need to use ELDs certified to operate in the country.
Annie Joannette, a spokesperson for Transport Canada, wrote in an email that Canada’s ELD specifications were modelled after the U.S. “to ensure that a single device is capable of complying with the ELD rules of both countries,” but that it would still be subject to Ottawa’s more rigorous certification process.
Canada’s ELD mandate requires that devices undergo a third-party certification process. This contrasts with the U.S., where manufacturers certify their own devices.
The Canadian government added the provision in response to concerns that the U.S. certification process opened the door for ELDs whose entries could be falsified.
Existing crossborder ELDs should be able to continue seeing use in Canada, provided they are updated and undergo the certification process.
Joannette wrote that ELD providers will need to update Canadian rule sets, as well as have both the software and ELD model tested by an accredited certification body. Once certified, new and existing ELDs can be updated with new software.
“The deployment of the software upgrade will involve a simple over-the-air software push to the device,” Joannette wrote.
The certification number will appear as part of the ELD device record – easily verified by enforcement officers, carriers and drivers.
Transport Canada is in the process of establishing the certification process.
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