Editor’s note: OOIDA Senior Member Johanne Couture has more than 20 years’ experience as a truck driver pulling freight throughout the U.S. and Canada. In addition to her service as a member of OOIDA’s board, she’s also a member of the Canadian Council of Motor Transportation Administrators’ compliance and review board.
I am truly baffled by Canada’s latest attempt to convince people that we need an electronic log mandate. The cost-benefit analysis, the study that supposedly shows the benefits outweigh the costs, is nothing more than a smoke screen.
The cost-benefit analysis for Canada’s national ELD mandate claims the mandated use of the devices will prevent two crashes annually. That’s two crashes, not necessarily two fatalities and not necessarily even injuries. Just crashes.
So here we have a financially burdensome mandate, intruding on the privacy of all mandated drivers nationally, that will potentially prevent only TWO crashes annually?
Two crashes annually. Think about that.