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March 24, 2022

UPDATE – Federal: Electronic logging device enforcement extended to January 1, 2023

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Canada’s transportation regulators have agreed to delay enforcement of the federal electronic logging device (ELD) mandate by an additional six months, until Jan. 1, 2023. 

This new timeline will give carriers the time to comply with federal and some provincial requirements – which are now the same – and allow for much-needed time to install the in-truck platform used to handle hours of service, test the platform security and integrate it with the other systems in the vehicles. 

The deadline extension will also allow the federal government and provinces to identify how they will address secure handling of ELD output from truck to officer, which has yet to be set up by the regulators. 

According to Private Motor Truck Council of Canada President, Mike Millian, “(Transport Canada) has yet to select a vendor to develop and implement a system that allows an encrypted ELD output file transferred securely from truck to the officer, as required by the Technical Standards, to decrypt the message and allow the content to be viewed. TC needs to have the vendor in place in a timely fashion to ensure the system can be built and function well before the new full enforcement date.” 

Enforcement of the mandate had been slated to begin in June 2022, a year after it took effect. But there have been long-standing doubts that the deadline would hold. Four provinces — Quebec, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland — and the Northwest Territories, do not have legislation in place for ELDs. Plus, only 25 devices have been certified for use in Canada. 

Carriers should continue to prepare and adopt ELDs as certified ELDs become available, research device options and ensure that any ELD procured is a certified device approved by Transport Canada. 

In Ontario 

The CPA also advocated for this extension with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, which announced its support for the federal ELD mandate by instituting an education and awareness period until January 1, 2023 for commercial trucks, and until July 2023 for bus carriers operating only in Ontario to record their hours of service. 

As provinces and territories are responsible for enforcing the federal Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations, carriers operating outside their province fall under federal hours of service.

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