Amendments to the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations

The June 12, 2021 deadline for all commercial vehicles to be fitted with electronic logging devices (ELD) is quickly approaching. Are you ready?

Transport Canada has indicated that there will be a transition period where inspectors will conduct checks to assist in the education of drivers and carriers in the implementation of the ELD programs. It is necessary for carriers to be prepared for this new regulation to prevent any possible non-compliance issues. 

This can be achieved by:

  • Ensuring ELDs are installed and certified by a reputable and recognized company prior to June 12, 2021; and
  • Ensuring drivers are trained on utilization and trained on what to do when an ELD fails and is not operational.

Back in 2019, Transport Canada was working with the transportation industry to improve commercial vehicle safety due primarily to an accident related to driver fatigue. According to federal statistics, Canada and the United States both have issues regarding accidents from large commercial vehicles on our roadways. 

This change in regulations will be impactful in the following ways:

  • Canada regulations will be more in line with our American counterpart at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Americans have had this type of ELD regulations in place since 2017;
  • Hopefully lower operator accidents related to fatigue; 
  • Help carriers in lowering administrative costs, maintaining records and may help costs for fuel and time management – thus improving driver’s quality of life;
  • Make it easier for drivers and motor carriers to comply with the regulations.

During the implementation period, companies that make or supply ELD devices should be prepared to meet all regulatory requirements and will also require their devices to be tested and certified. 

Overall, these changes will hopefully be impactful to make it easier for carriers to remain compliant with regulations in Canada and the United States and make our roadways far safer for operators and motorists sharing the road.

Click here to learn more about the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations Amendments.

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Elton Woodfine

Elton Woodfine

Elton Woodfine CD (Canadian Decoration) served 22 years as a member of the Canadian Forces. Initially as an Infantry section Commander in the Princess Patricia Canadian Lite Infantry (PPCLI), he served on two peace keeping missions in the former Yugoslavia, and one combat tour in Afghanistan where his unit was awarded the Governor General Unit Citation for actions in combat. He then continued to serve as a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force as a firefighter, where he completed a diploma in Fire Science/ Fire-fighting from Memorial University and Occupational Health and Safety diploma from the University of New Brunswick. Lastly, in his career with the Canadian Forces, he served as a member of the Joint Incident Response Unit (CJIRU) as a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Operator (CBRN Op), part of the Canadian Special Operation Command (CANSOFCOM). Upon his retirement from the Canadian Forces, he took a position as a Life Cycle Management of hazardous materials instructor for the logistical branch of the Department of National Defense and is knowledgeable in NFCC, CEPA 1999, IMHWR, TDGR, ICAO, IATA, IMDG, GHS and OH&S federal regulations.