Canadian Trucking Alliance calls for third-party ELD certification

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineOctober 12, 2018

The Canadian Trucking Alliance is calling for the US Government to include third-party certification in the upcoming mandatory electronic logging device (ELD) rule to ensure the devices cannot be compromised or manipulated.

The alliance says the final rule has been delayed because of a decision to retain qualified third parties to verify ELD devices meet standards being developed by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators, rather than taking the US approach of allowing suppliers to self-certify their equipment.

Last week CTA‘s board of directors voted unanimously to amend its position from self-certification to third-party certification after a presentation by the Guarantee Company of North America showed how easily certain self-certified ELD devices could be edited to amend a driver‘s hours of service record.

“Our preliminary investigation shows multiple self-certified devices in the US marketplace have the capability to allow fleets and drivers to edit hours of service, specifically drive time. We believe there are thousands of these units installed in trucks currently travelling cross-border into the United States,” says Angelique Magi, national VP of Transportation and Strategic Initiatives. “While we can‘t speak for other insurers, I can tell you that when we discover these for devices within a customer‘s fleet, we require they remove these devices or risk having their insurance cancelled mid-term for not meeting the US Federal Regulations.”

Consequently, CTA also called for the final ELD rule to include punitive federal and provincial penalties for aftermarket tampering of third party-certified ELD equipment.

Several ELD and insurance providers have told the CTA that third-party certification requirements are already largely developed.

“Both Transport Canada and the Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety are strongly committed to getting this rule on the road and we hope they will work directly with the ELD suppliers to expedite the publishing of Gazette II,” said CTA president Stephen Laskowski