Zonar has announced it is “ready and will be certified” for the effective ELD enforcement date in Canada of June 12, 2021.
“Zonar has worked with Transport Canada, the Canadian Trucking Alliance and CCMTA on certification since the inception of Canada’s ELD mandate, by providing input on ELD Standards throughout the process. As such, we feel that we’re best equipped to set our customers up for a successful transition and ensure compliance,” the company said in a statement.
One of the key differences between the Canadian ELD and U.S. ELD requirements is the requirement of third-party certification.
Zonar says it has taken the extra step of having its U.S. offering third-party certified as well to give customers and prospects “added confidence that we will be ready for evaluation by a certification body has been approved by Transport Canada and compliant by the effective date of June 12, 2021.”
Currently there is only one approved certification body and the cost for certification is very high with an annual certification cost as well.
Fred Fakkema, vice president, safety & compliance, Zonar, says one remaining concern regarding the Canadian mandate is training of law enforcement on how to conduct and receive ELD logs during a roadside inspection.
“As we’ve seen with the U.S. mandate, this can cause confusion and additional downtime during inspections. We hope to see the further training happen prior to the mandate going into effect, but in the meantime, Zonar is at the ready to assist our customers and law enforcement officials.”
“We will continue to provide resources for both our customers and the industry, including regular webinars, updates and training from industry experts who help fleets; understand the differences between the U.S. and Canadian mandates, know if one or more exemptions apply to their fleet, and to develop a law-enforcement checklist to guide drivers through roadside inspections.”