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Yesterday, our Head of Safety, Compliance and Regulatory Affairs, Marc Moncion, demystified the ELD Rules in Canada that will be mandatory for most federally regulated operators of commercial motor vehicles effective June 2021. We had a great turn-out with 300+ attendees. The audience got a chance to ask Marc a ton of interesting questions. If you're interested, the recording of the webinar and Marc's answers are shared below! 

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Here are the questions and Marc's answers from the end of the session:

If I am a US carrier going into Canada, but primarily driving in the U.S., do I follow HOS rules for U.S. while in Canada? What about the previous 14 days? Do they need to comply with Canada's rules?

A U.S. Carrier operating in Canada must comply with Canadian HOS rules while in Canada. Therefore, a driver must have the day in question + the previous 14 days upon request.

Can you explain home terminal?

Home terminal is defined in the Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations - SOR/2005-313 to mean the place of business of a motor carrier at which a driver ordinarily reports for work and, for the purposes of sections 80 to 82 and Schedule 2, includes a temporary work site designated by the motor carrier.

What do we do if the customer refuses to let us sleep in their yard & we have no more hours?

I recommend using the current personal use under section (e) of Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations - SOR/2005-313 a commercial vehicle when driven for personal use, if
(i) the vehicle has been unloaded,
(ii) any trailers have been unhitched,
(iii) the distance traveled does not exceed 75 km in a day,
(iv) the driver has recorded in the logbook the odometer reading at the beginning and end of the personal use, and (v) the driver is not the subject of an out-of-service declaration under section 91.

What happens to a vehicle that doesn't require an ELD due to the age of the vehicle?

Then it would be business as usual, and the driver would have to complete a paper log to surrender at roadside unless otherwise exempt by see you at the 160 km rule as an as an example.

Can you explain oil field exemption?

It would be business as usual as the Canada ELD rule has not included any changes to the current oil field exception.

As a motor carrier, how can I be sure an electronic logging device (ELD) is compliant?

Transport Canada requires third-party certification of ELDs and will be engaging a suitable entity to manage this role. The motor carrier is responsible to utilize only third-party certified devices in Canada.

My electronic logging device (ELD) is already compliant with the U.S. Rule. Is it also compliant with the Canadian ELD Standard?

No. Requirements specified in the Canadian ELD Standard are aligned with those in the U.S. Rule for interoperability on both sides of the border. However, the Canadian ELD Standard includes additional requirements to comply with current HOS Regulations in Canada. Current ELDs will require a software update and certification by a third-party entity.

What information is automatically recorded by an electronic logging device (ELD)?

An ELD automatically records the following data elements at certain intervals: date, time, location information, engine hours, vehicle distance, and identification information for the driver, authenticated user, vehicle, and motor carrier.

When is location data recorded by an electronic logging device (ELD)??

Location data must be recorded by an ELD at 60-minute intervals when the vehicle is in motion, and when the driver powers up and shuts down the engine, changes duty status and operating jurisdiction, and indicates personal use or yard moves. Location data is not recorded during personal use of a CMV.

Will the vehicle location information identify street addresses?

No. Vehicle location information is not sufficiently precise to identify street addresses. For each change in duty status, the ELD must convert automatically captured vehicle position in latitude/longitude coordinates into geo-location information that indicates the approximate distance and direction to an identifiable location corresponding to the name of a nearby city, town, municipality or village, with the province or territory abbreviation.

When will an electronic logging device (ELD) automatically start to record a driving status?

An ELD must automatically switch to driving status once the commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is moving up to a set speed threshold of eight kilometers per hour. As a result, the in-motion state must not be configured greater than eight kilometers per hour. The vehicle will be considered stopped once its speed falls to zero kilometers per hour and stays at zero kilometers per hour for three consecutive seconds.

Can a user edit or change driving time that has been recorded by an electronic logging device (ELD) to non-driving time?

No. An ELD automatically records all the time that a CMV is in motion as driving time and that cannot be edited or changed to non-driving time.


The above information is for informational purposes only, and should in no way be relied upon as legal advice.

  Jun 28, 2019     Marc Moncion

Ask the expert - Marc Moncion (Safety, compliance and regulatory affairs expert)


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Lead Expert - Fleet Complete

Marc is the Head of Safety, Compliance & Regulatory Affairs at Fleet Complete. He is an author and industry subject matter expert who has worked in numerous senior transportation management roles for over 25 years, including an Inspector for the MTO. Marc sits on several Federal/State/provincial regulatory bodies and frequently provides commentary on emerging technology, best practices and regulatory affairs. In addition, Marc is a commercial driver's licence (CDL) holder and can drive all types of commercial vehicles in North America.

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Ask The Expert - Guy Broderick (Driver trainer)


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Guest Expert - APPS Transport Group

Guy is a Driver Recruiter/Training Supervisor and Social Media Specialist at APPS Transport Group. Certified under the WSIB guidelines and a member of JHSC, Guy is an integral force behind the company's impeccable driving record. The APPS Safety Team has achieved the highest rating of Commercial Vehicle Operator Registration (CVOR) given by the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario. Since 2010, Guy has written for and contributed to numerous publications and associations, as well as has been elected as Chair of Ontario College of Trades Tractor Trailer Driver Trade Board, recently re-elected as Chair for the TTSAO Carrier Group, has sat on numerous provincial industry committees and is a Award Winning Driver recognized on both sides of the border.



Ask The Expert - Brayn Levi Gomez (professional installer)


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Guest Expert - Certified Professional Installer

Brayn transformed his passion and hobby of installing multimedia devices and car kits in luxury vehicles into a career in 2004. Since then, Brayn has installed thousands of electronics and GPS systems in a variety of vehicles and machines with or without a power source, even on bicycles. Bryan provides professional installation, re-installation and on-site technical services to Fleet Complete customers. Throughout his career, Brayn has encountered the effects of improper GPS system installation on the integrity of the vehicle and driver's safety, and offers his insights and tips to help ensure fleet managers and technicians are using best practices to install GPS equipment in their vehicles.