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Shaw, Omnitracs white paper examines US ELD mandate applied to Canada

CALGARY, Alta.–In partnership with Omnitracs, Shaw  recently launched a new whitepaper outlining what the United States’ Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate could mean for Canada. The key takeaways on technical and performance specifications in the US ELD mandate include:

-Connect to a truck’s engine to record if a truck is in motion

-Allow the driver to login and select On-duty, Off-duty, or On-Duty Not Driving

-Automatically select drive segments based on vehicle movement

-Graphically display Record of Duty Status (RODS) so a driver can quickly see their hours in a day

-Provide data in a standardized format

-Ability to transmit data to law enforcement in specifically defined ways

-Be certified by a vendor stating the device meets technical specifications

The ultimate goal of the ELD Mandate is to increase safety on the road. An analysis  done by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA), shows it will affect three million vehicles and 3.4 million drivers, and will help prevent approximately 20 fatalities and 430 injuries each year, for an annual safety benefit of $394.8 million.


Compliance with the ELD Mandate applies to all fleets regardless of size, type of ownership or type of operation with very few exceptions. There’s speculation that Transport Canada will closely align with the US Mandate exceptions. If this is the case, the following Canadian fleets might be exempt:

Fleets that installed and are actively using a AOBRD prior to December 2017.

A driver whose total driving time does not exceed 50% of total daily duty hours.

Your CDL Drivers operate using the 100 mile exemption.

Companies or drivers that operate a power unit older than the 2000 model year.


The future of the ELD Mandate in Canada is uncertain as regulations can change quickly. It’s important to be prepared and find an ELD provider who’s familiar with the ELD regulatory process, can be flexible, has staff knowledgeable on the technical aspects and financial resources to make continual updates to the product, the white paper suggests.

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