Commercial vehicle operators will have tools to support safer travel this summer, as mandated use of electronic logging devices (ELDs) will come into effect throughout the province on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023.
ELDs automatically track drivers’ time behind the wheel, reducing the likelihood of driving while tired and helping to ensure they stick to the allowable regulation driving time in a day.
The requirement for ELDs in B.C. was announced in February 2023, giving B.C. carriers six months to install ELDs throughout their fleets and to complete driver and dispatcher training. Government has partnered with carriers to introduce this tool to increase safety and reduce the risks associated with driver fatigue.
This is in step with federal ELD regulations, which Transport Canada established for the inter-provincial trucking sector in 2021, and has been committed to by all provinces and territories. Enforcement of the federal regulations began on Jan. 1, 2023.
ELDs improve the management of driver hours of service, and help the trucking industry by reducing paperwork and associated costs.
The requirement will take effect on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2023.
Information about the provincial ELD mandate:
Information about the federal ELD mandate is available from Transport Canada online: