Hours of Service Rule Change Proposal: The FMCSA Describes New Rules to Increase Flexibility

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ELD webinarA major shake-up of Hours of Service rules is on the cards after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced its proposal to update the regulations. 

The long-awaited new hours of service rules would give carriers and drivers more flexibility in their operations. Among the major changes is the ability for drivers to split the 10-hour off-duty time into two separate periods and changes to the flexibility around the 30-minute rule.  

The proposal makes five suggestions allowing for:  

  1. An increase in flexibility and safety for the 30-minute break rule. It proposes to allow one off-duty break of at least 30 minutes, but not more than 3 hours, that would pause a truck driver’s 14-hour driving window, provided the driver takes 10 consecutive hours off-duty at the end of the work shift. 
  2. Modify the sleeper-berth exception to allow drivers to split their required 10- hours off duty into two periods: one period of at least 7 consecutive hours in the sleeper berth and the other period of not less than 2 consecutive hours, either off duty or in the sleeper berth. Neither period would count against the driver’s 14-hour driving window. 
  3. Increase the flexibility of the 30-minute break rule by requiring a break after eight hours of driving time (instead of on-duty time) and allowing the requirement to be satisfied by an on-duty break from driving, rather than requiring an off-duty break. 
  4. Modify the adverse driving conditions exception by extending by two hours the maximum window during which driving is permitted. 
  5. Lengthening the short-haul exception to the record of duty status (RODS) requirement available to certain commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers by lengthening the drivers’ maximum on-duty period from 12 to 14 hours and extending the distance limit within which the driver may operate from 100 air miles (115.08 statute miles) to 150 air miles (172.6 statute miles). 

The new rules announced by the FMCSA last week aim to increase flexibility for drivers behind the wheel and reap financial rewards up to $274 million per year for motor carriers and the US economy. The trucking industry employs more than seven million people and moves 70% of domestic freight.  

As well as flexibility, the FMCSA says there are a number of other non-quantifiable ways to increase efficiency and cost-savings within this new rule framework, such as increasing the options for drivers to respond to adverse driving conditions, and more options for drivers in the on-duty/off-duty requirement with the changes to the 30-minute break option. The agency says the flexibilities should allow drivers to mitigate against unpredictable variables like weather, traffic or detention times and to take breaks when they need rest.  

The proposal will not deliver any changes to driving time, but the FMCSA says it will increase the flexibility afforded to drivers. “We listened directly to the concerns of drivers for rules that are safer and have more flexibility – and we have acted. We encourage everyone to review and comment on this proposal,” said FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez. 

The proposal has been broadly welcomed in the industry. The American Trucking Association President and CEO Chris Spear says: “Secretary Chao and Administrator Martinez are to be commended for their commitment to an open and data-driven process to update the hours-of-service rules.” 

The owner-operator trucking representatives OOIDA is also supporting the proposal, Todd Spencer, President of OOIDA says: “there may not be a one-size-fits-all solution, but the proposed changes are a positive start since truckers don’t have any control over their schedules or traffic conditions.” 

This is the first significant change to Hours of Service rules since 2011. Read the Hours of Service rule change proposed by the FMCSA in full here. The agency will accept comments on the proposal for 45 days. You can submit comments in the official document here 

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AOBRD to ELD and more: Above & Beyond at McLeod Software User Conference 2019

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It can be hard to keep track of all the changes the industry is facing now. Making sure drivers are prepared for AOBRD to ELD, keeping up with new regulations and compliance and facing the growing concerns around driver acquisition and retention are all hot topics. We are happy to be back once again as at McLeod Software User Conference in August and we’re looking forward to showcasing our two-way asset-tracking capabilities and complete transportation management solutions.

ELD: The Big Switch

ELD is a hot topic on everyone’s lips, as the countdown continues to the December deadline. In our recent survey, 75% of fleets are still using AOBRDs with just a few months to go until the FMCSA’s implementation plan is complete. Using ELDs goes far beyond simply putting a new device in the cab. There is training, policy, documentation and implementation to consider. We’ll be able to go through the whole process step-by-step on the floor in Denver. Be sure to join us and Dave Heller from the TCA for one of our breakout sessions, on August 27th where we’ll be discussing how truck fleets can migrate easily from AOBRDs to ELDs and efficiently with minimal disruption. It’s one of three breakout sessions we’ll be taking part in throughout the conference. Join us for our other breakout sessions on driver workflow with McLeod LoadMaster and our product showcase. Some of the other concerns we hear from customers include changes to regulations and compliance, solving the problems of driver acquisition and retention, how are companies keeping drivers happy and how are detention times are continuing to impact business? It all boils down to boosting the bottom line and that’s where telematics comes in. In today’s demanding industry environment, carrier expectations are increasing, and providers are being called to go above and beyond. We’re here to help with that.

McLeod Software User Conference 2019

  • August 25 – 27
  • Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center, Denver, CO
  • ORBCOMM Booth 500

What Can I Expect to Hear From ORBCOMM?

The conference is a great opportunity to showcase and demo the depth and breadth of complete transportation management solutions that we offer to transportation professionals throughout North America. Get the full picture with end-to-end telematics.

  • Truck and Driver Management

With less than five months to go until the ELD mandate deadline, ensure your entire fleet is ready for the AOBRD to ELD switch and fully compliant with US FMCSA Hours of Service rules and Canadian working hours rules. Drop-by our booth find out more about the most comprehensive, open, and scalable truck telematic solution on the market today.

We’ll also be showcasing how ORBCOMM telematics solutions fully integrate into McLeod LoadMaster. Does your fleet struggle with cold chain issues that result in spoilage? One of the ways to stop it is with two-way monitoring and control integrated with McLeod LoadMaster. Successful companies like Mike Tamana Trucking know and rely on the ORBCOMM/McLeod solution for its business operations and to improve efficiency.

  • Two-Way Asset Tracking

Our solutions are designed and built for the industry. We know what’s important for our customers. For example, the GT 1210, next-generation, all-in-one tracking device with integrated cargo sensor delivers power remote asset management and cargo detection. Improve asset utilization by gaining complete visibility of dry trailers and intermodal containers. Built on years of experience in the transportation industry, the feature-rich GT 1210 monitors your assets virtually anywhere.

With over 25 years of leadership in the industry, why not arrange a meeting now to talk to us about how we can help you. To find out more, visit If you’re going to be at McLeod User Conference in Denver, drop-by our booth or schedule a meeting in advance here

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Closing the Gap: How IoT Technology is Enabling Total Visibility of Refrigerated Containers at Sea

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container fleet tracking webinarRefrigerated containers spend a large portion of their in-transit time at sea, where managing them poses a series of challenges. Crews are often unable to complete regular checks because of heavy workloads, unfavorable sea and weather conditions and the size of the vessels themselves. Furthermore, traditional reefer telematics rely on cellular communications that lose connectivity with the cellular network once in open water, causing containers to go ‘dark’ and putting cargo at risk.

The need for end-to-end visibility of the moving supply chain is prompting IoT technology to close the connectivity gap for reefer containers on water. VesselConnect, ORBCOMM’s comprehensive solution for monitoring reefers at sea, is used globally in some of the largest container deployments, enabling a continuous flow of actionable data from reefers to a centralized platform for complete insight of reefer operations. With more than 20 years of experience in the business, ORBCOMM is a pioneer in remote reefer management.

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FMCSA Denies Exemption for Small Carriers

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There is no further delay expected in the final phase-in for Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs), as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has denied an exemption to small-business truckers.  

The FMCSA has announced it has denied an application, filed over a year ago, by the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) for an exemption to ELDs for carriers with fewer than 50 employees. The application included but was not limited to one-person private or for-hire owner-operators. However, the FMCSA took the view that the application failed to provide enough evidence that safety would not be compromised under this exemption. The FMCSA says in its ruling, that it received more than 1,900 comments on the request and estimates that over 95% of the comments were in favor of the exemption. 

The Agency says that it denied the application because the SBTC does not meet the regulatory standards. In the application, the FMCSA added that the SBTC failed to “explain how you would ensure that you could achieve a level of safety that is equivalent to, or greater than, the level of safety that would be obtained by complying with the regulation.” 

In making its request, the SBTC said the ELD rule is not a safety regulation but it is “merely a tool to determine compliance with an existing rule that regulates over-the-road drivers’ driving and on-duty time.”   

ELDs to Increase Safety Records 

Despite this application for ELD exemption, the technology has been welcomed within other quarters in the trucking industry, with a view that it will be safer for drivers and harder to forge records.  

The American Trucking Association, (the ATA) says that this application would not lead to a safer work environment for drivers. “This would allow for the potential of falsification of records of duty status (RODS) while leaving no controls in place for enforcement.” The Association added that ELDs will improve driver experiences: “the technical specifications and requirements of ELDs ensure the accuracy of a drivers’ RODS and reduce the likelihood that a driver is operating beyond the federally established limits.” 

Carriers yet to make the switch to ELDs have until December 16, 2019, to comply. If your fleet is yet to switchover, find out how you can migrate easily and efficiently with minimal disruption. Join our webinar with the TCA to learn what you need to know on the pending transition from AOBRDs to ELDs. 

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Third-party Verification Announced for ORBCOMM’s ELD Solution

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ELD webinarThe ORBCOMM Electronic Logging Device (ELD) has been independently tested and validated by FPInnovations, also known as the PIT Group, to confirm that it fully adheres to ELD guidelines as set out by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

The PIT Group, one of the leading objective providers of testing and process certification has been working with ORBCOMM in recent weeks to ensure the Pro-400 has been rigorously tested and fully meets the FMCSA’s ELD regulation.

The FMCSA which introduced the ELD mandate in 2017, with a two-year phase-in period, allows companies to self-certify their devices. Some ELD providers have chosen to seek third-party verification to deliver extra confidence for their customers in achieving compliance.

This third-party verification will give further peace of mind to fleet owners, that their ELDs are fully compliant with the FMCSA guideline, with just a few months to go until the final phase of the ELD Mandate. By December 2019, all drivers and carriers will be obliged to replace their Automatic On-Board Recording Devices (AOBRDs) with registered ELDs. The aim of the ELD mandate is to create a safer and better work environment for drivers. ELDs will make it easier to accurately and transparently track and share Hours of Service (HOS) records.

Jan Michaelsen, Leader of the PIT Group says: “PIT Group continues to provide independent testing services to ELD providers in the U.S. to ensure that fleets do not carry the burden of choice when it comes to selecting compliant ELDs. ORBCOMM, like our other clients, has relied on independent verification, providing its clients with the comfort of knowing that their choice of technology is fully compliant with FMCSA requirements. PIT Group is preparing for the Canadian ELD certification process and will apply its experience and lessons learned from working with U.S. providers to the Canadian process.”

3rd party verified ELD

Spotlight on Self-Certification

There has been a renewed focus in recent weeks on third-party certification for ELD, partially as a result of the Canadian ELD announcement. After consultation Canadian officials announced that all ELDs to be used there must be third-party certified, noting that some industry stakeholders expressed concern around the self-certification process.

ORBCOMM’s Executive Vice President of Product Development, Craig Malone says: “the PIT Group’s third-party ELD verification is a unique differentiator for ORBCOMM, which sets us above other providers with self-certified ELDs. We want to ensure our customers have confidence that they are deploying certified ELD devices in the field that will deliver a strong ROI and the highest level of performance for the long term.” He added: “We are pleased to work with the PIT Group experts and leverage their comprehensive knowledge of the trucking industry and ELD regulations to ensure that our Pro-400 fleet management solution is 100% ELD compliant.”

The Rules are Clear

If a driver is found to be without an ELD on the road, or an ELD that fails to meet standards, there are repercussions for them and the carrier. Failure to produce logs when requested by an official can result in citations for the driver, and penalties and fines for the carrier, including impacting the CSA scores.

For more information about the upcoming transition from AOBRDs to ELDs and how truck fleets can migrate easily with minimal disruption, click here for ORBCOMM’s free, on-demand webinar with the Truckload Carriers Association and learn how to Smooth Your Ride from AOBRDs to ELDs.

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Fleet Safety Update: Get Prepared for Operation Safe Driver Week 2019

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deploying fleet safetyDriver actions are still a factor in 94% of all traffic crashes. That’s the sobering statement from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) ahead of Operation Safe Driver Week. Extra law enforcement personnel will be monitoring United States Highways for CMV and car drivers who engage in dangerous driving behavior.

If a driver is found to be engaging in unsafe behaviors, they can be pulled over and receive a warning and/or citation. The enforcement week runs July 14-20.

Every year enforcement officials pay particular attention to one area of on-the-road behavior, this year the focus is on speeding. The CVSA continues to emphasize the importance of all driver behavior but says speeding is still a major factor on our roads. The FMCSA’s 2016 Large Truck and Bus Facts report says that speeding of any kind is the single most common driver-related crash factor for all drivers. And the NHTSA says speeding can impact even when you’re at the limit if other conditions make the road unsafe. Speeding becomes even more apparent in the likes of bad weather, poor road condition, or poorly lit areas.

Enforcement officers will be on the lookout, especially for speeders, while also promoting the message that: ‘Late won’t kill you, speeding will.”

Unsafe Driving Behavior Under Scrutiny

The annual blitz can give fleets a significant pause for thought. During the same week last year, over 113,000 CMV and car drivers received citations. Some 87,907 warnings were issued for a variety of unsafe driving behaviors. While it may seem that we are getting a handle on fleet safety best practice habits, the statistics deliver a different story. The most common for CMV drivers were:

  1. State/Local Laws – 6,008 citations
  2. Speeding – 1,908 citations
  3. Failing to use a seat belt while operating a CMV – 1,169 citations
  4. Failure to obey a traffic control device – 754 citations
  5. Using a handheld phone – 262 citations

As well as speeding, officials will be on the lookout for all dangerous driving activity, including distracted driving, failing to use a seatbelt, driving too closely, driving in a reckless or aggressive way, evidence of drug driving and more.

Safety at the Heart of Fleet Manager’s Priorities

For fleet managers, driver safety is at the heart of everything they do, and Operation Safe Driver Week can be a reminder of that. With more and more vehicles on the road every day, creating a safety-first culture can help your organization keep its focus. There are plenty of ways to move towards this. Implementing a safety policy, that gives written guidelines on rules and consequences. Empower drivers to perform tasks safely as well as efficiently, by giving the space and time for them to do what they do best: drive. Driver rewards programs increase buy-in from drivers. Recognition, personal gifts or monetary rewards can go the extra mile in getting drivers on-board with safety programs in the organization.

Read more on ORBCOMM’s Fleet Safety Solution.

Proactive Fleet Safety Solutions

As a committed member of the CVSA, ORBCOMM is dedicated to supporting the goals of Operation Safe Driver Week. Our telematics tools monitor and reduce instances of speeding within a fleet. Our solutions offer:

• Compliance
• Real-time in-cab verbal coaching
• Seatbelt usage alerts
• Speed-by-Street
• Crash & Roll Over Detection

ORBCOMM’s solutions help fleets to ensure compliance, reward drivers who perform to best safety practices and identify drivers who require further training.

To learn more, schedule a demo or email

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With state-of-the-art verbal coaching technology, ORBCOMM’s Pro-400 talks to drivers, telling them when they’re speeding, driving aggressively or not wearing a seat belt, helping them develop better driving habits.

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AIS Data: Paving the Way for a Brighter Future

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Automatic Identification System (AIS) is a maritime automatic tracking system that monitors a ship’s location information, identification and much more. Adam Barnes is ORBCOMM’s newest Maritime Business Executive and in this Q&A shares his thoughts on AIS Data and its uses in the industry.

What’s the next big thing for AIS?

In recent years, as industrial Internet of Things technology has developed, AIS usage has grown in scope. It can be combined with AI, machine learning and other emerging technologies to extract more and increasingly specific information. From large government entities to small single-vessel companies, AIS can be utilized in a variety of ways.

We have a number of partners who use our AIS data to correlate with satellite imagery and sensor information to help identify ‘dark targets’ or vessels who turn their AIS on and off for any reason, including to evade detection because they are doing something illegal. Examples include when fishing fleets use transshipment, which is the transfer of fishing catch from one vessel to another, when engaged in Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, or when other commercial vessels such as oil and gas tankers attempt to evade sanctions. 

What are some of the typical ways AIS data is used by ORBCOMM partners?

AIS data is used in a myriad of ways. The beauty of ORBCOMM’s AIS data is that it combines both terrestrial and satellite AIS feeds, providing the best of both worlds. The data can be used for its original intent to avoid collisions at sea and in busy harbors and inland waterways. But that’s just a start. Search and rescue vessels can use AIS as an additional data source to better understand the position and navigation status of other ships in the vicinity to more effectively respond to an emergency.

One of the biggest impacts may be on global supply chain operations. Port managers are already using AIS data to accurately monitor expected vessel arrival, berthing and departure times. This can drive tremendous efficiencies for port and terminal operations, such as improving coordination of the myriad port service activities associated with each vessel call. With today’s mega-vessels loading and offloading upwards of 10,000 containers at a time, more precise data on vessel arrival and departure can also have significant supply chain benefits, giving better advance visibility to shippers, hauliers, rail carriers and other parties coordinating complex, large-scale landside logistics.

AIS data is also used by national regulatory agencies to help manage fishing quotas and prevent in Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated fishing with alerts when vessels move into closed or protected zones. This allows authorities to proactively monitor and intercept these vessels.

Thinking outside the box, hedge funds can combine AIS data with cargo intelligence to track the movement of commodities globally to better understand when and where there may be a surplus or scarcity of a particular commodity, informing investment strategies.

How is ORBCOMM different from competitors in the AIS market today?

ORBCOMM provides the industry’s most comprehensive global AIS service – full stop. We combine our own, well established, dedicated satellite network for our satellite AIS data with leading terrestrial AIS data streams into a single, easy-to-use interface. ORBCOMM processes more than 28 million messages daily, from over 240,000 AIS transponders. ORBCOMM AIS is proven to be reliable from the most congested waterways to the open ocean.

We understand the market, we’re a trusted partner, and we share our experience to help partners be successful. We don’t compete with our partners. We enable them to succeed. ORBCOMM is a well-established and financially stable partner with over 2 million subscribers, including numerous Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies. Whether it’s helping artisanal fishing communities stay safer, making maritime visibility easier, or tracking fisheries’ global footprint, I know it’s an exciting time ahead.

Where can people learn more about ORBCOMM’s AIS technology package? 

Learn more about ORBCOMM’s AIS data services here and read more about the three keys to complete maritime visibility here.

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Newell & Wright Drive Efficiency and Performance with Telematics

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“We’ve used vehicle tracking a lot more efficiently since moving. If there’s a breakdown or a delay, they can plan a second job, or move a second job. Do they have enough time, enough fuel? They can see all this immediately. They don’t even need to contact the driver. They can do it all at the touch button.” – Stephen Newell, Newell & Wright.

Companies in every industry can face growing pains with technology. This is no secret. As companies grow, they can start to outpace the technology they use. These companies can be left with technology that can’t scale at the pace of their business.

This was exactly the concern for Newell & Wright. The transportation company, working out of Sheffield in the UK, found that its existing telematics provider could not keep up with its continuing growth. It turned to ORBCOMM’s telematics solution to increase efficiencies in the business, develop better driving habits amongst its team and for better integration with its existing technology stack.

Download the case study now and find out how Newell & Wright increased efficiencies and improved driver scoring through innovative software, hardware and a dedicated integration and installation process.

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Vessel Monitoring, Reefer Telematics and Heavy Equipment – all on the agenda at CommunicAsia 2019

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ORBCOMM at CommunicAsia, in Singapore 2019.

As the largest technology exhibition in the region, CommunicAsia is a must-attend for anyone looking to begin or expand their technology business. The event, in its 30th year, offers a wide range of ISPs, satellite operators, system integrators, mobile operators and many others in Asia. The ORBCOMM team had its best year yet at the June 2019 event. 

As we’ve seen, global M2M connections are continuing to grow, with Cisco predicting 28.5 billion networked devices by 2022. With CommunicAsia at the forefront of this growth, it was a great opportunity to showcase new and existing products, meet new and existing partners and consolidate current and future business partnerships.  

The event is set in the beautiful surrounds of Singapore, a city that’s not only centrally located for convenience, but also beautiful and easy to navigate. For ORBCOMM, the three days here is the equivalent of three weeks of travel to see our individual customers and prospects. The many meetings we have on the boothand the prospects we haven’t had the chance to meet yet all drop by to say hello. This means that the efficiency of the event is extremely high. CommunicAsia is now wellknown as the time and place to get together and discuss the year ahead with regards to sales, products, and opportunities. Not only that, each year ORBCOMM meets new and exciting potential customers, to discuss projects that continue to challenge us and encourage innovation. 

ais data advantagesORBCOMM, as the industry leader in industrial IoT, M2M, and satellite IoT communications, has the opportunity to meet contacts and companies in all three areas. Some of our popular discussions this year included vessel monitoring, telematics solutions to track and monitor remote heavy equipment, as well as a lot of interest in our CT 3000 series Reefer Container Telematics Devices. 

Please contact us if you’d like more information on these or any other of our solutions. For ORBCOMM, CommunicAsia continues to be a strategic and educational event, well worth exhibiting and attending each year. We look forward to doing it all again in 2020.

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Canadian ELDs to be Mandatory by June 2021 (with No Grandfather Clause)

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aobrd to eld telematics solutionsThe Canadian Government has revealed its firm plans for ELD. Minister for Transport Marc Garneau announced the rule, which will require all commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) and bus operators to use third-party certified ELD devices by June 2021. Electronic logging devices, better known by the acronym ELD, will replace paper logs.

With some exceptions, the rules will be broadly aligned to those already in place in the United States since December 2017. Transport Canada says this alignment aims to minimize any disruption in cross-border operations, which will “facilitate trade and minimize the impact on Canada’s cross-border operators.” Implementing Canadian ELD should smooth border crossing and ensure consistency for long-haul truckers working in both countries.

Canadian ELD will also have a different phase-in timeline. A single 24-month implementation phase will affect all CMVs under Canadian Federal Hours of Service (HOS) Rules. This means there is no grandfather clause, a rule in the United States whereby AOBRDs could still be used during the lead up to the final phase of the ELD mandate (The ELD mandate is a US federal rule that says that a driver’s Record of Duty Status must be recorded electronically.)

The aim of ELDs is to prevent driver fatigue and make roads safer for all users. According to Transport Canada, 5-10% of drivers “operate in excess of allowable limits.” By reducing HOS violations through ELDs, the government expects a reduction in the crashes caused by driver fatigue. The devices will also have the purpose of reducing painful and labor-intensive paper logbooks.

Some Differences on the Horizon with Canadian ELD

No Change to HOS Rules

There will be no change to the Hours of Service (HOS) rules. First established in 2005, HOS rules govern the amount of time a driver can spend on the road. The real difference is that the hours will need to be tracked electronically.

Third-party Certification

Industry stakeholders who were consulted on the process expressed a lack of confidence around the self-certification process that happened in the US. Based on this, Transport Canada is creating a third-party certification process. All ELD models will need to be third-party certified.

Mandatory requirement from June 2021

electronic logging deviceThe Canadian ELD will be a mandatory requirement from June 2021. The 24-month rollout phase was chosen to give carriers and drivers time to become fully compliant and to allow for certification of ELDs. Transport Canada expects that this timeline will allow ELDs to be tested and certified and for carriers to test, acquire and install ELDs based on their preferences.

No Grandfather Clause

Unlike in the USA, legislators have removed the grandfather clause, whereby an existing device, such as an Electronic Recording Device (ERD) can be used in the lead-up to the final mandate implementation phase. Transport Canada says this phase is no longer necessary. Approximately 86% of CMVs have an existing ERD or US-Compliant ELD already installed. Transport Canada says that older equipment can be served with a software upgrade.

Federal Jurisdiction

The rules will apply to commercial drivers who are federally regulated and who currently use a paper logbook.


These will apply to short term rentals and some older vehicles. Transport Canada considered requests for several types of exemptions in the lead-up to this publication. Further exemptions can be applied for. Exemptions will be issued if it is deemed to be in the public interest and unlikely to impact motor carrier safety.

Differences between Canadian and US ELD

Although Canadian ELD will be broadly like its US counterpart, there are some exceptions. One notable exception is in roadside driver inspection through logs and file transfer. Under the Canadian mandate, upon request by an official, the record will be transferred by email. Inspectors will specify an email address in the case of drivers having to present their RODS. This address is dynamic. In the US, the email address is static. Local USB 2.0 transfer and Bluetooth transfer are optional but not mandatory for the ELD. Personal Conveyance rules also differ between the two mandates.

Get Ready to Switch Early

canadian e-log solutionThe Canadian trucking industry is welcoming the mandate. Canadian Trucking Association Chair Scott Smith says, “The vast majority of our companies and drivers in our industry fully comply with Hours of Service rules, but, undoubtedly, the implementation of tamper-proof, third-party ELD devices will further enhance safety and help ensure all drivers and companies hold themselves to the highest levels of compliance.”

Although ELD might be familiar to many in the Canadian industry, the message now is to start preparing for Canadian ELD as soon as possible. If your fleet operates in Canada, ensure you learn the CCTMA’s technical procedures. The CCMTA has published the technical specification, formally entitled Technical Standards for Electronic Logging Devices, to coincide with Gazette II.

For US fleets operating in Canada, while the idea is to minimize the impact on cross-border trade, it is important that they still ensure their ELD is compliant with Canadian ELD rules.

ORBCOMM’s current work and innovations around US ELD will significantly speed up product development required for Canadian ELD and we anticipate it will be ready well before the 2021 deadline. Get a head start now—find out more about ORBCOMM’s ELD solutions and contact us at

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