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ISSUESUPDATE
Transport Canada published proposed regulations to
require the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) by
federally-regulated motor carriers and commercial vehicle
drivers on December 15, 2017. The publication in Canada
Gazette, Part I marks the beginning of a 60-day consultation
period, followed by publication in Gazette, Part II. Once Canada
Gazette, Part II is published, the regulation will become a
requirement according to the details set forth in the Gazette.
Technical specifications for ELDs are available on Transport
Canada's website as well as through OMCA. Stakeholders are
invited to submit comments to Gazette, Part I.
In the U.S., ELDs became mandatory for all commercial
carriers and motor coaches as of December 18, 2017.
Those operators that already have electronic recording
devices that monitor hours of service compliance but do
not conform to the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration (FMCSA) technical specs have two years from
December 18, 2017, to ensure the technology used complies
with FMCSA requirements.

Motor Coach Commercial Vehicle
Operators Safety Manual

OMCA would like to remind carriers that Ontario's Ministry
of Transportation offers guidance to all commercial vehicle

operators on applicable safety requirements and the facility audit
program. Carriers that have not been subject to an audit have
the option of volunteering for an audit, in an effort to improve
their safety rating. Information on the MTO safety manual can
be found at http://bit.ly/RdExpCVOmanual, and questions or
concerns can be directed to OMCA.

Proposed Federal Accessibility Regulations

The Canadian Transportation Agency has been consulting
with stakeholders in advance of introducing regulations
respecting accessible transportation. OMCA and Motor Coach
Canada (MCC) have been engaged in the consultation process
extending to mandatory standardized training for bus staff,
safety issues for passengers, retrofit of existing equipment,
terminal infrastructure improvements, service animals, allergies,
boarding/de-boarding assistance and extra seating charges,
among other issues. Within
the motor coach industry
there have been very few
incidents claiming failure
to accommodate. OMCA
and MCC have taken the
position, should regulation be
introduced to the motor coach
sector, that the regulation

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REGULATORYUPDATE

Technology Changes for Heavy Vehicles in 2018
by Jennifer Fox
Directory of Regulatory Affairs

J

ust before Christmas 2017, Transport Canada's proposed
regulations to mandate Electronic Logging Devices
(ELDs) for commercial vehicles in Canada were
published in the Canada Gazette, Part I. Industry has
been patiently waiting to see Canada's proposed regulations
on the heels of the implementation of ELD regulatory
requirements in the U.S. that began December 18, 2017. The
publication of the proposed regulations on December 15
marked the beginning of a 60-day comment period to allow
stakeholders to respond. Transport Canada will address the
comments received and, following Treasury Board approval,
the regulations will be published in Canada Gazette, Part II,
along with implementation dates.
Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) aren't the only major
technological change headed our way in 2018. In summer of
2017, Transport Canada published proposed regulations that
would require Electronic Stability Control Systems (ESC) for
heavy vehicles by June 2018.
Both the ELD and ESC regulations aim to align Canadian
safety standards with the U.S., though there are exceptions
to the vehicles that are required to comply. Of note, both
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regulations have received widespread support from industry,
although not always unanimous, and many in industry
already use the technology for both increased safety and fleet
management advantages.
Industry continues to explore and implement technology to
improve safety and performance. In 2018, many changes with
respect to heavy vehicles will take shape and many more are
expected to follow, particularly as government and industry
continue to explore the benefits of alternative fuel vehicles and
autonomous vehicle technology.
With the rapid pace at which technology evolves, regulators
will face increased pressure to conduct tests, pilots and
consultations to remain in touch with the needs of industry.
Strategic analysis and policy formulation cannot afford lengthy
delays. Industry, eager to consistently move toward improved
safety and performance, will not shy away from exploring the
opportunities available, and regulation will need to find a way
to keep up.
While 2018 will bring change to some heavy vehicles, this
marks only the beginning of evolving changes to how vehicles
and operators function behind the wheel, on and off the road. ■

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