By: Luke Jones, Published on December 22, 2017 09:23 AM, Last Update on December 22, 2017 06:27 AM
Transport Canada has introduced new regulations that make commercial bus and truck drivers install two new electronic safety devices in their vehicles.
The government regulatory and policy making body says the new regulations will mandate commercial big vehicle manufacturers to have a device for stability control on new trucks and buses sold in Canada. Additionally, the new legislation means drivers will also have electronic logging devices in federally regulated motor carriers.
“We’re constantly looking at how technology can improve road safety, and electronic stability control and electronic logging devices fit the bill. These new measures not only make trucks and buses safer, but they also have a trickle-down effect of making the roads safer for all Canadians,” said Minister of Transport Marc Garneau in a statement.
An electronic stability control system give drivers the ability to automatically remain compliant with commercial vehicle stated hours of operation. This, it is hoped, will further helps to stop driver fatigue and remove the reliance on paper logging. Stability control devices provide crash avoidance mitigations to a heavy vehicle, helping to maintain traction. The devices work by automatically applying the brakes when a loss of steering control is detected.
“Electronic logging devices are going to ensure optimum compliance with hours of service regulation for truck drivers, which is going to reduce commercial vehicle collisions related to fatigue and cognitive driver distraction,” said Ontario Trucking Association president and Canadian Trucking Alliance president Stephen Laskowski.
“The Private Motor Truck Council of Canada and its members are extremely pleased about this announcement. Our membership has been involved in the consultations with the department and are firm believers that this regulation will benefit the entire industry. Electronic logs will make compliance easier to verify, ensuring all carriers are following the hours of service rules. This will result in a leveling of the playing field within the industry and improved road safety for all,” Private Motor Truck Council of Canada president Mike Millian added.