Teamsters Canada, the Private Motor Truck of Canada and the Canadian Trucking Alliance are calling on governments to move quickly in the implementation of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate. The major groups representing trucking interests across Canada are asking the federal and provincial governments to all commit to a process that would see a publication of the final rule by June 2018 and the ELD rule enforced in each province by December 2019.
The three groups believe the safety benefits of ELDS cannot be delayed and that an 18-month transition will allow industry and governments to properly transition to the mandate.
The groups issued the following mutual public statement:
The majority of carriers and drivers have and will always put safety first. However, ELDs will end the supply chain encouraging and turning a blind-eye to companies and drivers breaking hours of service rules to meet shipment needs by falsifying paper log books. By forcing all companies and drivers to obey federal hours of service rules we are making Canada’s roads safer. As a result of ELDs, drivers and carriers will be more compliant with HOS regulations, contributing to reduced collisions and other negative activity associated with distracted driving. We are encouraging all levels of government to expedite this regulation through their legislative process by making it a top priority.