Canada releases draft technical ELD standard

Draft standard addresses functionality and operation of ELDs

Posted April 5, 2017

The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) ELD Working Group has released an updated draft technical electronic logging device (ELD) standard. The draft technical standard addresses only the operation, functionality, and design of ELDs for use in Canada; the draft standard does not represent an ELD mandate for all motor carriers in Canada.

In 2013, the ELD Working Group created its first draft electronic on-board recording device (EOBR) standard. The standard was a performance-based standard based on the proposed U.S. EOBR rulemaking at that time. However, when the final U.S. electronic logging device rule was adopted in late 2015, the working group found that it the U.S. ELD rule did not align with the draft EOBR standard created in 2013. This required the ELD Working Group to solicit stakeholder feedback in 2016 and make significant changes to the 2013 standard to align it with the U.S. ELD final rulemaking.

This newest version of the draft ELD standard still needs to be submitted to CCMTA’s Compliance and Regulatory Affairs Committee and CCMTA Board of Directors for final approval.

Transport Canada supports an ELD mandate for extra-provincial commercial motor vehicle drivers in Canada, but has not yet published a proposal which would start the rulemaking process.

Motor Carrier Safety Compliance for Canada Manual J. J. Keller's Motor Carrier Safety Compliance for Canada Manual offers "how-to-comply" explanations of key Canadian federal and provincial motor carrier safety and operational requirements.


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