Test procedures for electronic logging devices

The electronic logging device test procedures explain how ELDs should be tested for compliance with the Technical Standard. These tests must be done by certification bodies accredited by Transport Canada.

The original procedures were released March 13, 2020. Based on feedback from suppliers, an update was released October 23, 2020. Any future changes to the procedures will be posted on this webpage.

The test procedures are organized into three documents and structured based on provisions in the technical standard. Document 1 of 3 pertains to provisions 4 to in the technical standard. Document 2 of 3 pertains to provisions 4.4 to 4.6.4 and document 3 of 3 pertains to provisions 4.7 to 4.10.2. Tests may have preconditions and some provisions have multiple tests. Expected test outcomes are also identified for each test. Note that not all technical standard provisions have test standards.

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Special provisions

There are special conditions or deferrals relating to the implementation of some of the test procedures. These are due to technical complexities related to the execution of some tests and/or delayed implementation to allow ELD suppliers additional time to build necessary functionality into their solutions. These special provisions are identified in the relevant test procedures and summarized below.

30 minute warning

Due to the complexity of test procedure number 4.6.4 test step 2, the certification body will rely on the manufacturer’s demonstration of compliance against section 4.6.4 b in the Technical Standard until June 30, 2023.

After June 30, 2023, certification bodies will need to test 4.6.4 test step 2 according to the steps provided in the latest version of the test procedures.

Day start time (DST)

Due to the way it was worded, test procedure number 4.6.4, step 2 to step 6 can lead to two different results:

  • the logging device supports a day start time other than midnight, and
  • the logging device doesn’t support a day start time other than midnight

In order to be certified, an electronic logging device must be successfully tested based on the day start time it currently supports; midnight or variable day start time.

All electronic logging device must support an alternate (non-midnight) day start time by June 30, 2024.

The certification body must test 4.6.4, test step 2 to test step 6 according to the steps in the latest version of the test procedures.

The list of certified electronic logging devices will include the type of day start time that each device supports.

Mechanical engines

Testing procedure 4.2 test step 3 (provision 4.2b in the technical standard) must only be done if the device supports engines without an engine control module (mechanical engine).

The list of certified devices will include the type of engine supported by each device. Future changes to the regulations will make sure motor carriers use the correct device for their type of engine.

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Please note that since the latest update was released on October 26, 2020 (version 2.0), Transport Canada has found errors in the test procedures. These changes correct minor typos or errors in interpretation.

Select a link below to see the electronic logging device test procedure corrections. Please use alongside the latest test procedures, released October 26, 2020 (version 2.0).

Request a copy of Transport Canada’s Electronic Logging Device Test Procedures

Please use the latest update released October 26, 2020 (version 2.0), alongside the electronic logging device test procedure corrections.

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Part 2 of 3

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