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Feb 19, 2016


Tom Cuthbertson

VP of Regulatory Compliance

There has been quite a bit of discussion around the legislation recently passed in the United States that would require commercial vehicle drivers to utilize electronic logging devices (ELDs) to record their Hours of Service.

In an effort to align with U.S. efforts to improve safety, the Canadian government recently announced that it is working to implement rules that would require truck and bus drivers to electronically record their hours. This legislation would replace the use of paper logs, which have been used since the 1930’s.

Here is what we know so far.

Technical Specifications:  There may be some slight difference between U.S. and Canadian specs and standards, but this doesn’t mean they will be inconsistent.

Timing:  While there has been no commitment on timing, the Canadian government is working to ensure the dates are feasible and aligned as much as possible with the dates when the U.S. rules go into effect, which is currently in late 2017.

Cost Savings:  Canadian figures were not yet available at the time of this writing, but the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates ELDs will save $1 billion in administrative costs, save approximately 26 lives and prevent 562 injuries annually in the U.S.

Since this announcement is so new, many of the details will be worked out over the coming months. Feel free to check back with us at for the latest updates on this important piece of legislation.

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