Trucks and buses must be equipped with electronic logging devices to track driving hours by January 1 | PKBNEWS

Ottawa is requiring commercial trucks and federally regulated buses across the country to be equipped by Jan. 1 with devices to track driving hours.

The rule is imposed to prevent drivers from accumulating too many hours on the road.

Ottawa changed its regulations in 2019 and required provinces and territories to comply by mid-June 2021, then extended the deadline until the end of 2022.

Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador are among the jurisdictions that have indicated they will apply the rule from January 1.

In a new statement released last week, Nova Scotia Public Works Minister Kim Masland said it’s important for drivers in trucking and other sectors to keep accurate records to avoid incidents related to tiredness.

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In Nova Scotia, drivers traveling within the province or within 160 kilometers of their base will not be required to have any of the more than 55 types of certified electronic logging devices installed in their vehicle. Drivers crossing provincial borders will have to comply with the new rule.

Nova Scotia says Canadian truckers and bus drivers have been required since 2019 to use the devices when traveling in the United States.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on December 29, 2022.

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