To avoid any conflict between Canada and the United States over electronic logs, a top-level officer of the Canadian Transport Alliance (CTA) told that the proposed Canadian ELD mandate would “mirror” the U.S. ELD mandate.
Speaking at the Omnitracs Outlook 2018 held on February 27 in Nashville, CTA’s Senior Vice President of Policy Geoffrey Wood said, “The goal of this effort in Canada is to mirror the effort here in the U.S.”
The Canadian government published the draft ELD rule in the Gazette on December 16 last year. Wood hopes that after publication (phase 1), the proposed ELD mandate would get to the Gazette 2 phase (final decision) in June this year.
Geoffrey Wood, while talking about the Canadian ELD proposal, said, “We don’t see a lot of issues with what’s been put forward.”
However, the Canadian Trucking Alliance did raise ten minor issues regarding the upcoming ELD mandate in Canada to be addressed by Transport Canada.
According to Wood, none of these issues are critical.
The issues include the model year of a truck that should use an ELD, transition period for the ELD rule in Canada, ELD certification, handling of rented and leased vehicles, and out-of-service orders for failure to adopt an ELD.
The CTA’s stand on ELD regulation timeframes was revised in December 2017, and the alliance requested that enforcement of the ELD rule should begin by the end of 2019.
Wood revealed that he spoke with those in the industry and government and they decided that the last quarter of next year “is a realistic timeframe.”
Regarding the model year of a truck that should be required to have an ELD, the CTA differed from Transport Canada and the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration over the matter.
The alliance initially wanted trucks with the model year 1995 and newer to use an ELD, but Transport Canada said it would go along with the U.S. and recommended the model year 2000 and newer.
However, Wood also said that the CTA would not advocate for the model year 1995 or newer if it would result in synchronization problems with the United States.
Geoffrey Wood, the CTA’s senior vice president of policy, said the draft Canadian ELD rule would “mirror” the U.S. ELD mandate.
Although the finalization of the proposal would is expected to be finished by next year, several Canadian truckers have already installed electronic logging devices. It is especially important for those truckers who travel across the border to have a fully compliant ELD solution.