Full Compliance With the Canadian ELD Mandate Starts in 100 Days
Canadian fleet managers are facing the ELD compliance mandate coming live on January 1, 2023. Our team here at GPS to GO helps managers acquire, install and manage ELD-compliant devices and make sure they are operating within the requirements of the law.
We have had a larger than the normal number of people reaching out with questions about the ELD mandate, so we put together a blog post with some of the key things to understand when getting ELD compliant.
First of all, not all vehicles are subject to the ELD Mandate (Canada has four main exemptions that can be found in Canada Gazette Part 2 Volume 153, Number 12).
Commercial motor vehicles can be exempt if:
- The vehicle that is being operated was manufactured before the year 2000
- The vehicle has a statutory exemption
- The vehicle operates under a specific permit issued
- The vehicle is subject to a rental agreement in which the terms last less than 30 days
Commercial motor vehicles that were manufactured before the year 2000 are allowed to keep a paper log to track on-duty hours and driving time due to incompatibility issues.
Second, driver inspection reports must be prepared daily.
When operating a commercial vehicle, drivers are required to prepare a report every 24 hours, on specific accessories and parts. The report must identify any deficiency that has been discovered by the driver which could ultimately affect the safety of operation or can result in a breakdown of the vehicle. The report must then be signed. Before driving the vehicle again, all major defects must be repaired before the driver is allowed to utilize the vehicle.
Exceptions: If you have a private motor carrier of passengers (non-business), a motor carrier operating only one commercial motor vehicle, or if you are a driveaway-towaway operation, the rules above do not apply.
Finally, requirements are different in the different parts of Canada (North of 60 and South of 60). For example in the South of 60 Region,
- A driver can drive for 13 hours.
- The 24-hour Work Day window starts at the time decided by your carrier and the Work Shift starts at the time indicated by the driver within the app.
- In order to drive again, you must be off-duty for 8 consecutive hours. Off-duty includes off-duty and Sleeper.
- You cannot drive once you have 14 hours of on-duty time in a day or work shift.
- No driving is allowed after 16 hours of time has elapsed between the conclusion of the most recent period of eight or more consecutive hours of off-duty time and the beginning of the next period of eight or more consecutive hours of off-duty time.
- You need to log at least 10 hours of off-duty time in a day. Time must be in at least 30+ minute blocks.
- 70 hours on-duty time available in a seven consecutive day cycle, or 120 hours on-duty time available in a 14 consecutive day cycle.
- You must have a period of at least 24 consecutive hours off-duty in the preceding 14 days.
- To reset your hours to zero, you must take 36 consecutive hours off-duty (Cycle 1) or 72 consecutive hours off-duty (Cycle 2).
- Single Driver and Team Driving Split Sleeper Berth is supported (subject to the above).
- Off-duty Deferral is supported by default. See details within Canada HOS regulations and CCMTA guidance for more information. Please ensure drivers are aware of requirements of deferral before using.
- Yard move is supported (Note: current Canadian HOS laws do not provide a provision for Yard Move. Use at the discretion of your enforcement agency.).
- Adverse Driving is supported.
- Personal Conveyance is supported, but must be limited to 75 km a day.
If you need help getting your fleet ELD compliant ahead of the January 1, 2023 deadline, reach out to our team to learn about our free quote process.