What’s the Difference? Comparing Canada’s ELD Mandate Rules to the U.S. Rules

June 2022 is approaching faster than you think. That date is when fleets in Canada have to switch from paper driver logs to electronic logging devices (ELDs). Although some had adopted the technology when the U.S. Mandate went into effect, many fleets will likely not be prepared when the June deadline hits.

The big question when it comes to the Canada Mandate is: “Is there a difference between Canada’s and the U.S. Mandate?” While there are many similarities, there are some differences that are important to know, especially when choosing a provider. AssetWorks Field Service Solutions (FSS) wants to show you the breakdown of similarities and differences when it comes to the upcoming Mandate.

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Regardless of the device you choose to use to keep you in compliance, the provider and device must be certified by the Standards of Council of Canada. The following criteria must be on all devices and be able to be recorded:

  • The total on-duty time remaining, and the total on-duty time accumulated in the cycle being followed by the driver.
  • Whenever there are changes in duty status and the time at which each occurred for each day on which the device is used.
  • Any time the device has been disconnected or reconnected (dates and times).
  • The driving times and other on-duty times for each day when the device is used.

Some similarities that you’ll see between Canada and the U.S. are:

  • Sync to the engine
  • Special driving status (personal use, yard status)
  • Vehicle models year 2000 and later
  • Assigned drivers required
  • Driver’s need special permission for log edits

Here are the differences that are included in Canada’s ELD Mandate:

  • Rental trucks used for 30 days or less are exempt
  • Drivers who “pick up” incorrect unassigned driving time can “put it back” if they incorrectly assigned it to themselves
  • Personal use option must disable if the driver has used 75 km a day
  • ELD must warn drivers when they are running out of HOS
  • Roadside transfer will send a data package to an email address that is typed in by the driver and will include a PDF file of the logs and a .csv file that can be deciphered
  • ELDs will need to be accredited by a third-party certification body

What’s the point of the ELD Mandate?

It’s all about safety. Keeping your drivers and others on the road safe is everyone’s main priority. These regulations will help eliminate driver’s fatigue and any unfair competition. ELDs can help you save time and eliminate any paper waste your fleet causes. ELDs are the first step into improving your fleets efficacy. How can you improve your process and see a greater ROI?

How AssetWorks can help

Going beyond ELD is where you’ll get the most out of your technology. AssetWorks FSS has been in the industry for over 35 years and is a pioneer in deploying mobile technology. Let us show you how we can make your fleet more efficient and keep you in compliance.

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