Canada Releases ELD Rule

Canada’s long-awaited electronic logging device (ELD) rule has been published.

The regulation requires third-party device certification, something the U.S. did not pursue, and a detail the Canadian trucking industry lobbied to include.

In the U.S., devices are self-certified, which has led to the arrival in the market of ELDs that can be tampered with.

The rule was announced by government and industry officials at a press briefing at Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) headquarters earlier this month. Officials said the new rule will be introduced nationally as soon as possible.

By June 2021, third-party-certified ELDs will have to be used by all truck drivers currently required to maintain a logbook.

The hours-of-service rules themselves will not be changed; they’ll simply have to be recorded using an ELD.