Northern BI announces Geotab ELD Canadian Certification
Published on May 17, 2022
Halifax, N.S., May 17, 2022 – Northern Business Intelligence is excited to announce the official certification of the Geotab ELD (electronic logging device) solution in Canada. The accredited third-party certification body, CSA, approved the Geotab ELD solution for commercial vehicles operating in Canada.
“We’re exceptionally excited to provide the Geotab ELD product as an industry leading compliance solution – now fully certified in Canada and in the USA,” said Dwayne Primeau, president of Northern BI. “Having completed the Canadian third-party certification process, and bearing the seal of approval, drivers and carriers will be equipped with the tools to ensure compliance, improve safety and efficiency of their fleet and operation.”
Canadian ELD Mandate enforcement
By January 1, 2023, all federally regulated motor carriers operating in Canada must use third-party ELD solutions to meet compliance. Electronic logging devices replace traditional paper logs to track activities such as on-duty hours, driving time and engine data. Road safety is a top priority for the Government of Canada and ELDs will help prevent commercial driver fatigue.
Unlike the United States, where ELD providers can self-certify, ELDs in Canada are rigorously tested by an accredited third party. The approved ELD devices must meet certain standards such as hours of service rules, automated DVIR, and be tamper-proof. It’s important to note self-certified ELDs in the U.S. do not necessarily meet Canadian regulations. If you drive in Canada, you need to check if your ELD is on Transport Canada’s list of approved devices.
While the Canadian ELD mandate will be progressively enforced without penalties until January 1, 2023, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, expects commercial vehicles to be outfitted with ELDs as soon as possible.
“Complete telematics solutions, including certified ELD capabilities, represent a significant opportunity for carriers and fleet operators to improve safety, reduce costs, and gather real-time data about fleet operations,” said Primeau. “January 2023 will be here soon, and we encourage carriers to begin the process of implementation as there can be a significant learning curve. Our focus at Northern BI is to provide Canadian-based, bilingual support and training to help your team get the most value from these exciting new technologies.”