Frequently Asked Questions – Canadian ELD Regulation

Aug 23, 2019

Share

We received many questions following our webinar on Canadian ELD regulations! So we’ve collected the answers to the most frequently asked questions for you.

Do I have to use an ELD if I travel within a 160 km radius from my home terminal?

If you travel within a 160 km radius from your home terminal and you do not currently have to fill out paper daily logs, then you do not need to use an Electronic Logging Device, or ELD.

However, if you travel within a 160 km radius from your home terminal and you currently fill out paper daily logs, then you must transition to an ELD by June 2021. The regulatory changes are mainly intended to replace paper logbooks with electronic logs.

Does an ELD that is certified in the United States have to be certified in Canada for cross-border trips?

Yes. In Canada, providers must have their devices certified by an accredited organization, whereas in the United States, suppliers self-certify. ELDs registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are valid for the United States, and ELDs that are on the official Transport Canada list are valid in Canada. Just because a device is authorized in the United States does not mean it is automatically authorized in Canada.

However, ELD requirements were in large part harmonized with those of the United States in order to minimize the impact on Canadian cross-border operators.

How does the ELD Rule affect short-haul?

Rules regarding hours of service (HoS) are not affected by ELD regulation. However, starting in June 2021, drivers who currently fill out a paper logbook will have to use ELDs.

What is the driver status when the “yard move” feature is activated?

Since the ELD is connected to the vehicle’s engine, it knows the speed of the vehicle. At 8 km/h, the driver status automatically switches to “driving”. Drivers moving vehicles in the yard should select the “yard move” feature so the status shows “on duty” rather than using up driving time.

Do provincially regulated carriers have to comply with the regulation?

For the time being, the Canadian regulation applies to federally regulated commercial vehicles. Every province will have to adapt the regulation to its own circumstances.

In Canada, companies that provide extra-provincial transportation, including local activity, fall under federal jurisdiction, while companies that operate within a given province are provincially regulated.

Does the Canadian regulation contain any particular considerations for the agricultural industry?

There are currently no specific changes or exemptions for the agricultural industry. The only guidelines are the following: if paper logbooks are currently required, ELDs will be required by 2021. It should be noted that if part of your fleet of trucks is not required to keep paper logbooks, that same portion will not be required to use ELDs.

When will the list of certified ELDs be available?

According to the most recent information, the list of certified devices should be available by June 2020. Transport Canada will publish the list on its website. Accredited organizations have yet to be announced.

What happens when someone other than a driver drives a vehicle fitted with an ELD?

First, it should be noted that ELDs manage a user account structure that separates drivers and motor carrier’s personnel.

When an unidentified driver, such as a technician, takes the wheel, the ELD should log these driving events under an “unidentified driver” account. Driving segments assigned to “unidentified drivers” must be explained in an appended note.

Other questions?

Do you have further questions? Follow us on Facebook or LinkedIn! We regularly post content about the transportation industry and regulatory news on social media. Join the conversation!

Time to move forward with managed technology

Recent blog articles

Prevent Wheel-off Problems with Smart Wheel Retorquing

by | Nov 11, 2022 | Best practices | 0 Comments

Wheel-off incidents can be catastrophic. Fleets can prevent these accidents with smart wheel retorquing management.

Canadian ELD Mandate—How Fleets Can Quickly Adapt

by | Nov 10, 2022 | Compliance,Industry | 0 Comments

Canada’s ELD mandate will be enforced on January 1, 2023. Fleets that haven’t transitioned can quickly adapt for compliance.

How Fleets Cut Turnover During Truck Driver Shortages

by | Oct 26, 2022 | Best practices,Industry | 0 Comments

Fleets mitigate the impact of driver shortages by focusing on driver retention and satisfaction with driver-friendly tech.

Guide to US Agricultural Exemption for Hours of Service (HOS)

by | Oct 11, 2022 | Compliance | 0 Comments

Fleets that transport agricultural products and livestock can benefit from the US agricultural exemption for HOS

Does Your Fleet Know How to Respond to a Cyberattack?

by | Oct 11, 2022 | Cybersecurity,Industry | 0 Comments

Companies that respond well to cyberattacks reduce losses and ensure business continuity. Learn how fleets can defend themselves against attacks.

Fuel Efficiency Programs Can Improve Driver Retention

by | Sep 29, 2022 | Best practices,Industry | 0 Comments

Driver retention and fuel costs are two main issues that fleets face. Fuel efficiency initiatives can support improvements for both issues at once.

A Summer of Accomplishments for ISAAC

by | Sep 22, 2022 | President’s blog | 0 Comments

As the summer of 2022 comes to a close, I find myself looking back at some of our most recent accomplishments.

Fleets Must Act to Prevent Ransomware Attacks

by | Sep 7, 2022 | Best practices,Industry | 0 Comments

Ransomware is on the rise. Fleets must protect themselves against ransomware with a strong cybersecurity plan.

What Happens at a Roadside Inspection and How to Prepare

by | Sep 7, 2022 | Compliance,Safety | 0 Comments

Fleets and drivers undergo multiple types of roadside inspections. Focus on safety, training, and driver support to ensure compliance.

See the ISAAC solution in action

We’ll help you bring out the best in your team.

Advantages

Service

Fleet Benefits

Solve major trucking challenges

Driver Happiness

Simplify the life of your drivers

ELD Reliability

Benefit from reliable technology

Cost Savings

Save money in various ways

Safety and Compliance

Ensure safe and compliant operations

Client Journey

Expect outstanding service as a client

Solution Innovation

Future proof your technology

Client Success

Get inspired by real-life examples

Highlights
Components
Evolution

Game-Changing Features

Give your fleet an extra edge

Built for Trucking

Equip your fleet with durable tools

Predictive Workflow

Guide drivers with a simple workflow

Smart Compliance

Make compliance simple

Real-time Coaching

Achieve greater fuel efficiency

Remote Tablet Control

Enable effective teamwork

ELD and Fleet Telematics

Discover a built-for-trucking solution

Fleet Management Portal

Centralized portal for your office team

Driver-Friendly App

Versatile and user-friendly tool

Communication Gateway

Keep your team and drivers connected

Connected Cameras

Enhance safety, protect reputations

Open Platform

Get the most of your technology

Latest Innovations

Choose an innovation-driven partner
Content
Help

Blog

Read about a variety of trucking topics

Guides

Get inspired with in-depth reads

Videos

Watch our solution in action

Webinars

Learn from industry experts

Tech Support

Get timely technical support

FAQ About ELDs in Canada

Find detailed compliance information
Don't Miss
About
Inquiries

Events

Come meet us across North America

News

Read trucking and technology news

2022 User Conference

Register for our exclusive client event

Our Team

Meet our team's leaders

Information Security

Review our security framework

Associations

Our involvement in the trucking industry

Sustainability

Sustainable trucking solution

Contact us

Ask us anything, we're happy to help
Join Us

Available Positions

Join a team renown for its culture!

Awards and Recognition

Testimony to our winning culture

Culture

Check out life at ISAAC

Our Values

See what drives us every day

Perks and Benefits

Find a healthy work-life balance