Under Ontario’s Hours of Service regulation, Ontario drivers of trucks over 4,500 kg have daily, weekly and bi-weekly limits for driving time and minimum requirements for off duty time. They must also keep logs of their times driving, on-duty and off-duty, called records of duty status (RODS). These rules apply to most drivers who require a Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration (CVOR). Ontario exemptions to keeping RODS include:
- A 2 or 3 axle vehicle transporting primary farm products of a farm, where the driver or operator is the producer of those primary products; or returning to a farm, if the vehicle is empty or is transporting products used in the principal operation of a farm,
- A pickup truck, when driven for personal use, if the GVWR is 6,500 kg or less, and fitted with either the original unmodified manufacturer installed box, or replacement box that duplicates the unmodified manufacturer installed box.
As of January 1, 2023, most commercial motor vehicle drivers that complete RODS need to use an Electronic Logging Device (ELD). Drivers of farm trucks exempt from the Hours of Service regulation may be exempt from needing to use ELDs. If you operate beyond Ontario boarders, check to make sure you comply with regulations in other provinces and U.S states.