Canada’s new electronic logging device mandate is something that logistics firms like Titans Transline have been paying attention to, as it’ll affect operations in Canada, particularly important for cross-border trucking due to the changes between Canada’s and the US’s ELD mandates.
There’s some good news though, as jurisdictions that enforce the House of Service rules have confirmed that the initial steps of the Canadian ELD mandate will focus on education and awareness, with penalties not to take into effect until June 12, 2022.
Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra committed March 2020 and the next 12 months after to a ‘progressive enforcement period’, which gives federally regulated carriers, who have a June 2021 deadline, some relief regarding the ELD mandate.
Provinces and territories are the ones in charge of enforcing the mandate.
The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators issued a statement on May 5, 2021, saying that they opted to go for a “jurisdictions” approach to enforcing the ELD mandate, which will come into force on June 12, 2021. The jurisdictions themselves, according to the CCMTA, will support the mandate through the initial progressive enforcement period, which doesn’t include penalties, until June 12, 2022.
Alghabra and the CCMTA cited the impact the coronavirus pandemic had regarding the soft enforcement strategy.
Meanwhile, the Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) issued their own statement on the matter, saying that they wanted the ELD mandate fully enforced by June 2021, but they knew that would be problematic due to several factors, not least of which due to the global pandemic. They consider the 12-month progressive enforcement period a good compromise, however.
The extended punishment-free period is good for logistics firms that operate in Canada like Titans Transline, but the problem is that Transport Canada has yet to actually certify any ELDs, as per the mandate.
Any ELDs that’ll be used in Canada need to be certified by a recognized third party, FPInnovations, to ensure that they meet the country’s set standards. This is a notable deviation from the US’s rules, which allowed manufacturers to self-certify.
While the trucking and enforcement community has been thankful for the progressive enforcement period, the lack of certified ELDs has been a sore spot for them. As a result, they’re calling on the CTA and the government to help out on that front.