The Canadian ELD mandate is on its way, and it’s time for drivers and carriers in Canada to start looking ahead to how that will affect them. Although there’s no date set in stone, it’s projected that ruling will be released in June 2019, with the initial driver compliance beginning in late 2019 or early 2020. The Canadian mandate’s current proposals are, for the most part, carbon copies of the US mandate. That being said, there are some differences, and general knowledge, that drivers and carriers should know before the Canadian mandate rolls around. Here’s the most important things they need to know for when the mandate goes into effect.

DISCLAIMER: All information in this post relative to the Canadian mandate proposal can be found and verified here. Some statements are speculative and may not be applicable to actual mandate rules released in June.

Likely Technological Similarities between US and Canada mandates:

Drivers in Canada will have to deal with most of the same technological requirements found in FMCSA-compliant ELDs. In particular, ELDs will need to capture driving time automatically, sync with the engine, have GPS tracking, and have special duty events (Yard Move and Personal Conveyance) available to drivers. All these similarities will prove to be incredibly helpful to those drivers that cross between the U.S. and Canada on even a somewhat regular basis, especially because there won’t be several different rules to remember between countries.

Likely Key Differences between U.S. and Canada mandates:

After being able to watch what the U.S. has done with its ELD mandate for the past few years, the Canadian proposal has had an opportunity to fine-tune some of the issues that the U.S. mandate presents. However, there are some arguably helpful differences for drivers, along with some that drivers may not like as much. Below is a list of these differences, and we’ll let readers decide what they’ll like and dislike about these key changes:

  • Personal Conveyance has a 75 km/24-hour day limit for drivers using personal driving. That means total miles driven in a day, and not within a 75 air-mile radius like some people would likely prefer.
  • There isn’t a central system (like eRODS in the U.S.) for inspectors to use roadside to which drivers can send their driving records. That could be subject to change, but for the time being, it’s up to each province to figure out a system for their inspectors to use.
  • Rental vehicles that an individual will use for 30 days or less are exempt from ELD use.
  • Canadian inspections will require fourteen days of log transfer, rather than the seven day plus today rule in the US.
  • Deferred Off-Duty time must be tracked at all times.

Four main Exemptions

As stated in the Canadian proposal, there will be four main exemptions to the mandatory ELD requirement throughout the country. Commercial vehicles will be exempt if they are being operated under a permit issued by the provincial or the territorial HOS director, under a statutory exemption, operating under a 30-day or less rental agreement, or were manufactured before the year 2000. Beyond that, there isn’t much mention in the proposal of other, more specific exemptions. It is unlikely there will be an intra-province rule like the intrastate rule in the U.S., but there could be an exemption similar to the 150 air-mile rule.

Some Important Notes

  • ELDs will ultimately save considerable amounts of time for drivers who can spend up to 30 minutes each day filling out their paper logs. In comparison, ELDs automatically fill out duty statuses and can take only a few minutes out of a driver’s day.
  • It is likely that there will be some companies and drivers grandfathered in to certain mandates, but there is no set date or specific ruling made clear in the proposal.
  • ELDs make the roads considerably safer for drivers and everyone around them. With drivers having to comply to the hours, they’re more likely to actually take off-duty time and take the rest they need. Knowing that, there will likely be far less drowsy drivers on the road.
  • As the proposal is released, we will make the necessary updates and additions to this blog post.

Why DriveELD is the Right Choice for You

DriveELD offers some of the most competitive pricing on the market, which can be found here. Additionally, the simplicity of the app can give ease-of-use to those who are brand new to both ELD technology and even smartphones and tablets as a whole. We offer stellar round-the-clock customer support, and we’ll be ready to answer your questions for the Canadian mandate whenever you need.