Feds confirm commitment to e-logs

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The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has announced that officials from the office of Transport Minister Marc Garneau have confirmed media reports suggesting the federal government is moving forward to replace current requirements for truck drivers to complete paper log books with a mandate that trucks be equipped with Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) as the standard for monitoring, auditing and enforcing compliance with national hours of service regulations.

It also confirmed that a new manufacturing standard will be introduced to require that all new heavy trucks sold in Canada be equipped with an Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system.

The CTA, which represents over 4,500 trucking companies nationally, said it welcomes the confirmation of both initiatives.

“We have been advocating for both of these key safety measures for over a decade now,” said CTA president David Bradley in a press release. “We know that Transport Canada has been working on both issues but with a new government in charge we needed to confirm the commitment is moving forward at the political level. I am satisfied that commitment is in place.”

ELDs track, collect and record data on a truck driver’s hours of service. According to CTA, the benefits in terms of safety and administration of both measures outweigh the costs for both the trucking industry and for government.

It is expected that the introduction of the regulations will align as closely as possible to the timetable for similar measures in the United States, slated for late 2017 or early 2018.

With this commitment from the federal government, the transportation industry is calling on the provinces to implement an identical ELD regulation, as provinces are responsible for trucking operations that operate solely within a province.