There are nearly ten electronic logging devices (ELDs) certified for use by Transport Canada. Canada made ELDs mandatory for federally regulated carriers for June 12 of this year, but since Canada requires ELDs to be certified through a third-party firm and none were certified by that deadline, the enforcement deadline was impossible to enforce. Currently, the provinces have taken a staged approach to enforcement.
With less than ten ELDs now certified, though, the industry is likely wondering if any provinces expect this to be a sufficient number of certified ELDs for enforcement to be considered reasonable. It isn’t known exactly how many ELD manufacturers are waiting for their products to be certified, so in a year or more there could be many more options for carriers to use to manage their hours of service compliance.
The Province of Manitoba has announced that they will begin issuing warnings to non-compliant carriers starting in December of 2021. This marks the first province to move towards an enforcement role beyond simple education, so carriers can expect to start receiving notice to install a compliant ELD in short order.
However, many more ELD manufacturers are waiting to have their devices certified and are currently unable to provide their existing customers with a good idea of when they will be through the queue. Those ELDs that are announced as certified in the coming months may have some catching up to do in terms of sales as carriers get nervous about looming enforcement penalties.