Does Canada recognize the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) personal conveyance guidance for drivers operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) in Canada?
No. The personal conveyance guidance issued by the FMCSA only applies when a commercial driver operates a CMV in the United States. Once a commercial driver crosses into Canada, the Canadian Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations will apply. A driver should be aware that if they have U.S. personal conveyance time recorded in the daily log for the current and previous 14 days, when they cross into Canada, all of that time will be calculated as driving time, which will count towards a commercial driver’s work-shift, work-day and cycle limits. Additionally, none of the time spent operating a CMV in personal conveyance status while in the United States will count towards the off-duty requirements in Canada.