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Canadian trucking industry presses lawmakers for zero tolerance policy towards drivers using marijuana

  • Regulatory
Canadian trucking industry presses lawmakers for zero tolerance policy towards drivers using marijuana Photo Credit: CMElixirs

The federal government in Canada has recently proposed standards to determine what could be considered as impaired driving under the influence of marijuana. According to the current legislation, the presence of more than 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood, the psychoactive component in marijuana, can classify as grounds for serious crime. However, trucking companies opine that standards should be stricter since, with marijuana, there are no obvious signs of impairment as in the case of alcohol. This makes it difficult for employers to determine if there is probable cause to test for impairment.

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CVSA sets April 1, 2018 as deadline for vehicles to be placed in the ELD out-of-service criteria

  • Regulatory
CVSA sets April 1, 2018 as deadline for vehicles to be placed in the ELD out-of-service criteria Photo Credit: cantruck.ca

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has recently made an announcement regarding pending electronic logging device (ELD) implementation. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) imposed ELD mandate deadline is set at December 18, 2017, with seemingly no obstacles to hinder its implementation. The CVSA has announced that from April 1, 2018, law enforcement officials will place those commercial vehicles without an ELD in the out of service criteria (OOSC). Drivers are permitted to use Automatic On Board Recording Devices (AOBRDs) until December 16, 2019.

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