Electronic Logging Devices

Update

On June 12, 2022, updates to the provincial Highway Traffic Act Regulation 555/06 (Hours of Service) will come into force. These changes will make it mandatory for commercial motor vehicle drivers who operate within Ontario to use an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) to record their hours of service (HoS). Drivers of commercial motor vehicles who are currently required to maintain a daily log will be required to use a certified ELD.

To simplify operating requirements for Ontario commercial truck and bus carriers that operate both inside and outside of the province, Ontario’s ELD mandate closely matches the federal ELD mandate and will take effect for commercial truck carriers on June 12, 2022. This date aligns with the rollout of ELD enforcement for federally-regulated commercial truck and bus carriers. Bus carriers who operate in Ontario only will be required to use a certified ELD as of July 1, 2023.

What is changing?

Changes to Ontario’s regulations specify which vehicles are subject to the new rules and which vehicles are exempt.

ELDs are a tool that support the current HoS requirements. Ontario’s ELD requirements closely match Transport Canada’s, including:

  • No change to the current drivers that are required to follow HoS
  • No change to the current drivers that are required to carry and maintain a logbook
  • No change to the current HoS limits
  • ELDs are required to be certified to meet the requirements of the Canadian Council of Motor Administrators Technical Standard and be listed on Transport Canada’s list of certified devices

You can view the amendments to Ontario regulations on e-Laws coming into effect June 12, 2022:

Highway Traffic Act Regulation 555/06 Hours of Service

Provincial Offences Act Regulation 950 Proceedings Commenced by Certificate of Offence

Overview

On June 12, 2021, updates to the federal Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations (CVDHOSR) came into force. These changes make it mandatory for commercial motor vehicle drivers who cross provincial/territorial borders to use ELDs to record their hours of service (HoS).

Transport Canada announced on March 2, 2021, that “…with the support of provinces and territories, and in consultation with industry, we will work together on the successful and effective implementation of a progressive enforcement period. This will give sufficient time for industry to obtain and install certified electronic logging devices without penalty as of June 12, 2021. Early enforcement measures will consist of education and awareness.”

On May 5, 2021, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators and Transport Canada recommended all Canadian jurisdictions pause enforcement of the new ELD mandate until at least June 2022. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation supports this approach. Ontario will support the federal mandate through a period of progressive enforcement without penalties including elevated education and awareness until June 12, 2022.

Ontario’s HoS regulations align with the federal regulations. This has allowed Ontario to use Ontario Regulation 555/06 Hours of Service and the Provincial Offences Act to enforce HoS compliance regardless of where the carrier operates, rather than creating the two-tier system that exists in jurisdictions with different regulations for federal and provincial carriers.

Effective June 12, 2022, Ontario will adopt the ELD mandate for all carriers (both inter- and intra-provincial) as this will provide consistency and help level the playing field for all carriers regardless of where the carrier operates.


Frequently Asked Questions


  1. What does this mean for Ontario carriers?
    • Truck drivers operating solely within Ontario will be required to use a certified ELD as of June 12, 2022. Bus drivers operating solely within Ontario will be required to use a certified ELD as of July 1, 2023.
  1. What does this mean for Ontario carriers operating outside of Ontario?
    • On May 5, 2021, the Canadian Council of Transport Administrators and Transport Canada recommended all Canadian jurisdictions to pause enforcement until at least June 2022, focusing on education and awareness activities within the industry. Carriers are encouraged to use the education period to ensure they are prepared for the ELD mandate in 2022.
    • However, if your commercial vehicles operate in any other jurisdiction, it is your responsibility to verify the requirements regarding ELDs in each jurisdiction where you plan to travel.
  1. What does this mean for carriers from other jurisdictions that operate in Ontario?
    • As of June 12, 2022, drivers of extra-provincially plated commercial vehicles that travel in Ontario will be required to use a certified ELD.
  1. What electronic logging device (ELD) can I use in Ontario?
    • If an ELD is required, the device used must be certified by an accredited third-party certification body and be posted in the list of certified ELDs on Transport Canada’s website.
    • Transport Canada is responsible for publishing the list of certified ELDs and providing information on the certification process, as well as accrediting third-party certification bodies.
  1. How can I be ready to transition to the ELD mandate?
    • Ontario recommends industry start to prepare and adopt the ELD mandate now as certified ELDs become available. Industry is advised to research ELD device options and ensure any procured ELD is a certified device as approved by Transport Canada.
    • Approved devices can be found on TC’s website as they become certified: https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/road/electronic-logging-devices.html.
  1. What commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) are exempt from using ELDs?
    • A CMV driven by a driver within 160 km radius of where they began their day and that returns to the same location at which the driver began.
    • A school bus.
    • A bus is temporarily exempt until July 1, 2023, after which time a certified ELD is required.
    • A CMV operated by an operator under a certificate issued under section 191 of the Act.
    • A CMV that is the subject of a rental agreement of no longer than 30 days that is not an extended or renewed rental of the same vehicle.
    • A CMV manufactured before model year 2000.
    • A CMV being driven for the purpose of sale or lease by a person in the business of selling, leasing or transporting vehicles, so long as the vehicle is unladed and is not drawing any other vehicle, other than an unladen motor vehicle with one or more sets of wheels on the surface of the roadway (such as drive-away/tow-away operations).
  1. Where can I find more information?
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