There will be no more delays in enforcement of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate for federally regulated carriers, authorities confirm to the Canadian Trucking Alliance. The mandate will take effect on Jan. 1, 2023.
CTA has been advised by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) that the provinces and territories are firmly committed to enforcing the ELD mandate in January 2023 and no announcements on further delays are expected. If a particular jurisdiction is not able to enforce the rule in January, all others who are ready will proceed with enforcement at that time, regardless.
“Based on updates from our government partners at CCMTA and provincial associations, it is our clear understanding all jurisdictions will be ready to start enforcement on January 1,” said Geoff Wood, CTA’s Sr. VP, Policy. “But, if there’s unforeseen circumstances that lead to a jurisdiction not being ready to enforce, other jurisdictions that are ready and prepared will not be held back and will go forward. The industry has been well prepared for this rule for a long time and has waited long enough for enforcement. It’s time enforcement begins.”
In recent discussions with CTA’s provincial trucking associations and provincial/federal officials responsible for the introduction and enforcement of the ELD mandate, governments across the country have indicated they are busy preparing for enforcement and report no major technical roadblocks that would prevent enforcement in January.
According to these same reports, the only remaining provinces left to finalize their regulatory paths are Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Quebec and British Columbia. However, the Quebec Trucking Association expects matters to be finalized shortly, while the BC Trucking Association says it has been assured the government of BC will also be in a position to begin enforcement of ELDs as of January 1. The Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association reports that it believes both Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia will also enforce in January 2023.
Below are comments from the provincial trucking association leaders within CTA on the ELD mandate:
“Safety on our roads is our top priority; therefore, it is extremely important that enforcement of ELD’s start January 2023. We can’t afford another delay with this implementation. Carriers are ready therefore Transport Canada and all jurisdictions should move this forward” – Jean-Marc Picard, Executive Director, Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association.
“I can only reiterate the importance of the implementation of the regulations concerning ELDs on January 1, 2023 as agreed by the Ministers of Transport during the CCMTA meeting in February 2022 and confirmed by the Minister of Transport François Bonnardel to the QTA Board of Directors on April 29.” – Marc Cadieux, CEO Quebec Trucking Association
“The Ontario Trucking Association Board of Directors was advised in April by officials from the Ministry of Transportation that effective January 1, 2023, they will be fully enforcing the requirements for Electronic Logging Devices.” – Stephen Laskowski, President and CEO, Ontario Trucking Association.
“The Province of Manitoba is prepared to implement the federal ELD mandate on January 1, 2023. This is an important industry initiative for raising the bar on road safety.” – Aaron Dolyniuk, Executive Director, Manitoba Trucking Association
“The enforcement of the ELD mandate as of January 2023, is an important step in Saskatchewan to improving road safety and compliance within our province and across the country.” – Susan Ewart, Executive Director, Saskatchewan Trucking Association
“All necessary Alberta legislation is in place to allow enforcement in Jan 2023. AMTA applauds the Alberta government for being ready for Federal HOS ELD enforcement in January 2023.” – Chris Nash, President, Alberta Motor Transport Association.
“BCTA believes and has been assured that BC will be in a position to begin enforcement of ELDs as of January 1.” – Dave Earle, President and CEO, British Columbia Trucking Association.
There are currently 52 ELDs certified by Transport Canada for use in Canada. Transport Canada’s website is the official source of information for certified devices and carriers are strongly encouraged to review the list of certified devices. CTA would also encourage carriers to review certified product offerings available from CTA Team Canada ELD vendors listed on the Transport Canada site.