All You Need to Know About the Electronic Logging Device Mandate

Electronic Logging Device ELD in a truck

Beginning January 1, 2023, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s Commercial Safety and Compliance Branch will start to enforce the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate for commercial carriers operating within the province.

Ministry of Transportation pamphlets with information about Ontario’s Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate to assist with mandate awareness are included below.

The mandate rules that all commercial motor vehicle drivers operating within Ontario must use an Electronic Logging Device to record their Hours of Service. Included are all vehicles with licence plates from Ontario or any other jurisdiction.

 The online pamphlets include:

  • Application and exemption criteria
  • Details regarding operator and driver responsibilities
  • Exemption details
  • Links to web content
  • And more…

They are an informational resource to promote awareness of Ontario’s ELD mandate and related requirements. The ELD requirements took effect for commercial truck carriers on June 12, 2022. The education and awareness period for the provincial and federal ELD mandates runs until December 31, 2022, without penalties. 

Enforcement of the mandate begins January 01, 2023. 

This approach is to support the industry in the successful transition to ELDs and align with the enforcement of federal ELD mandates as advised by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators.

An Electronic Logging Device or “ELD” is a tamper-resistant device or technology which automatically records driving time and other information by syncing with the engine of the vehicle.

ELDs make it faster and easier for drivers (and operators) to maintain and review a driver’s Record of Duty Status (RODS), commonly known as the “daily log”.

If you are currently required to complete a daily log under hours of service requirements in Ontario, you will be required to use a certified ELD as of June 12, 2022.

English and French pamphlets are below.

English pamphlet :

French pamphlet :

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