The introduction of electronic logging devices (ELDs) in the road transport industry has been a significant step in improving the safety and efficiency of drivers and companies. Governments around the world are increasingly recognizing the need for ELDs to monitor drivers’ working hours and rest rules. Let’s take a look at the legal aspects of ELDs in several countries and their impact on the transportation industry.


The US was one of the first countries to make the use of ELDs mandatory for certain commercial vehicles. Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) regulations require ELDs to be installed on vehicles whose drivers are subject to Hours of Service (HOS) – driving and rest time restrictions.

U.S. ELD legislation requires that the devices meet certain technical specifications, store driver hours of service data for a certain period, and allow law enforcement to access that data during inspections.


In Canada, ELD regulations have also become mandatory for commercial vehicles, but unlike the U.S., its own legislation applies here. The Canadian Transportation Commission (CTA) has defined ELD requirements, and trucking companies are required to follow these rules.

Canadian legislation also emphasizes data retention and availability of information for inspections, as well as ensuring that ELDs are technically compatible with the vehicle.

European Union

There is not yet a single mandatory standard for ELDs in the European Union. However, some countries, such as Germany, France and the UK, have already implemented their own regulations requiring certain categories of commercial vehicles to install ELDs.

European Union governments are actively discussing and developing standards for ELDs, focusing on data protection, technical safety and mandatory compatibility with different vehicles.


In Australia, similar to the European Union, the legal aspects of ELDs are still under development. The possible implementation of ELD legislation has been the subject of research and debate among government agencies and the road transport industry.

The legal aspects of electronic logging devices (ELDs) in different countries are closely linked to the desire to improve road safety, enforce driver rest rules and improve the efficiency of road transport companies. As countries implement the mandatory use of ELDs, they aim to develop standards that ensure technical interoperability and data protection, contributing to a safer and more sustainable road transport industry in the future.