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New Transport Canada regulations to affect commercial drivers

Transport Canada announced last week (Dec. 18) new regulations requiring the adoption of two new technologies by commercial trucks and buses and their drivers. These new regulations mirror similar road safety regulations already in place in the U.S.New transport canada regulations
 
Electronic stability control
  • Electronic stability control systems are a crash avoidance technology that help drivers maintain control, preventing rollovers and improving directional stability.

  • This technology has been mandatory on all new cars and light duty vehicles sold in Canada and the U.S. since September 2011.

  • Electronic stability control is now required in new truck tractors, and will also be required on school buses and intercity buses by June 2018.

Electronic logging devices
  • Electronic logging devices automatically record a driver’s driving time. They are synced with a vehicle’s engine, and are designed to be tamper-resistant.

  • Electronic logging devices help reduce the potential for driver fatigue and help drivers remain compliant with the federal Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations.

  • Electronic logging devices simplify the manual process used previously, where drivers had to log driving hours in a paper log book.

  • In 2020, electronic logging devices that meet the new National Safety Code technical standard will become mandatory. Devices now in use will be permitted until 2022.

  • This new regulation will better align Canadian and U.S. regulations, allowing Canadian operators to use the same logging device in both countries.

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Our experienced industry professionals are monitoring how these new regulations will affect our clients and can help you understand how they may impact your business down the road. For detailed information, contact your Logistics Coordinator. For more general information, email us today to discuss the best way to ensure the safe shipment of your goods.
 
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