Canada adopts ELD mandate

Devices will become mandatory in country in June 2021

Posted June 13, 2019

Transport Canada announced its long-awaited electronic logging device (ELD) mandate on June 12, 2019.

Federally-regulated carriers will be required to adopt ELDs starting in June 2021 at the end of a 24-month phase-in period.

A few key items from the final rule include the following:

  • ELDs will need to be certified by a third party. The process for certification is expected to take 12 months. Transport Canada will maintain a listing of ELD providers and their certified devices on its website.
  • The 24-month phase-in period is to allow the certification process to take place and to allow carriers to implement ELDs.
  • Exemptions for the use of ELDs are limited. Exemptions for using ELDs apply to vehicles that are subject to rental agreements for a term of 30 days or less and commercial vehicles that were manufactured before the year 2000.
  • Transmission to enforcement will occur by the officer providing an email address to which the driver will send the ELD record. Local transfer by Bluetooth or USB is an option but is not a mandatory function of an ELD.

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