There is a list of a few new trucking laws that have occurred this past year. These new changes are coming into effect mainly because of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that happened last year that left 16 dead after a Junior Hockey Team’s bus collided with a semi-truck. This list of changes is small, but necessary for freight trucking companies moving forward.
The ELD Mandate
An ELD is an electronic logging device that is used to electronically record a driver’s Record of Duty Status (RODS). This form of technology replaces the paper logbooks that drivers originally used to record their compliance with Hours of Service (HOS) requirements.
Fleets that have not already switched to that system have until June 2021 to ensure compliance with these published specifications. The ELD rule is not reinventing the way the logging of Hours of Service works. Most drivers and fleets are already using an automatic onboard recording device (AOBRD) to reduce paperwork for freight trucking companies. This automatically records the driver’s duty status and any changes made to that status, along with the amount of time they operate the vehicle.
If law enforcement needs to see a driver’s status, the driver must immediately present the required AOBRD information for the current day, plus the last seven days in operation.
Canada is now looking to pass a new training course that requires minimum entry-level semi-truck driver standards to be put in place. The new training for international freight forwarders is very important for Canadian truck drivers to undergo. This is why it is being placed under the National Safety Code to recognize the importance of training that truck drivers must go through.
After a petition was released about this new training over 2,000 people signed it to pass. This shows that new laws are important to communities all across the country.
American based truck drivers are only allowed into Canada if they have the proper documentation with them. Also, they cannot have a criminal record.
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