Canada’s first third-party ELD certification body is now accredited, marking a huge step toward Canadian carriers reaching ELD compliance.
One of the most significant differences between the United States’ and Canada’s ELD mandates lies in the certification process for compliant ELD solutions. The short version is that U.S. ELD providers can self-certify and register their systems with the FMCSA. North of the border, Canadian providers will need certification from an independent, accredited third party.
Earlier this year, Transport Canada provided some clarity about the much-speculated third-party certification process. The March announcement by Transport Canada confirmed that it has partnered with Standards Council of Canada to “develop and implement the accreditation scheme for electronic logging device certification bodies.”
Since March, it has been largely quiet on that front, leaving Canadian carriers, fleet operators, and commercial vehicle drivers wondering what their options will be for fully-compliant ELD solutions.
First ELD Certification Body
The entire process got some long-awaited clarity earlier this week, as Transport Canada revealed the first accredited certification body. FPInnovation, a Canadian not-for-profit organization , is the first body to land on Transport Canada’s registry, officially opening the doors for ELD providers to start submitting their solutions for testing, review, and certification.
What Comes Next?
With the first third-party accreditation body up and running, there will likely be a rush of ELD providers reaching out to begin the certification process. Even though certification won’t happen overnight, October’s news is a large step forward for ELD providers and consumers alike.
The expectation is that Transport Canada will continue to add accredited certification bodies to their registry in the coming months, which will likely relieve some backlog and lead to more ELD solutions being certified in short order.
Canada’s ELD Mandate “start date” was set for June 12, 2021; giving fleet operators and drivers just over 220 days to start considering (and implementing!) their options for compliant solutions.
Even though no ELD certifications have been handed down just yet, carriers should not necessarily wait. One of the many advantages of ELD is the connectivity. Software updates can be done remotely; meaning that providers will be able to ensure each solution already installed will be compliant when June rolls around.
ELD Mandate Compliance with Titan GPS
Titan GPS has been closely following the development and implementation of both the Canadian and U.S. ELD mandates for several years, in order to stay up-to-date and informed about required technical specifications, important milestones, certification processes, and changes to Hours of Service rules.
The experts at Titan GPS are prepared to answer any and all questions about the upcoming ELD mandate, device specifications, and what it all means for your fleet. Behind the scenes, Titan GPS is continuously updating, innovating, and improving our offerings for ELDs and GPS fleet tracking and management alike. We are always striving to provide customers with the most powerful, fully-compliant solutions available in North America.
Once everything is in place and ELD certifications start being handed down, Transport Canada will maintain an updated List of Certified Electronic Logging Devices to provide fleet operators and commercial motor vehicle owners with a central resource for finding compliant solutions.
Titan GPS will gain ELD certification as early as possible. Our goal is to provide fleet operators with a certified and compliant ELD solution that works across North America. Request a quote today, and our fleet experts will put together a custom solution fit for your unique fleet.
This post has been updated with FPInnovation’s ELD Certification accreditation news.