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TORONTO, Ont. – Following the Ontario Public Services Employees Union (OPSEU) strike, the Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) computer system has finally been restored enabling licences to be issued.

All driver and most vehicle transactions are now available, reports the MTO. As previously announced, the province has automatically extended driver licences and some specialized permits expiring Mar. 13, or later, to Aug. 2, to give people extra time to renew and avoid lineups.

As well, priority continues to be given to drivers whose road tests were cancelled because of the eight-week OPSEU strike. Call 416-325-8580, or visit the Driver Examination Centre where your test was booked to arrange a new time.

As well, Ontario International Registration Plan (IRP) credentials aren’t really expired even though the printed date may say so.

The Government of Ontario has once again asked all IRP members to honor Ontario credentials until Aug. 2.

Ontario sent a message to its North American counterparts explaining that even though the OPSEU strike has ended, there is a substantial backlog of processing. As a result, the regulatory extensions for existing IRP credentials remain in place.

Ontario told the other jurisdictions it expects all vehicles to have valid IRP credentials by the first Friday in August. Ontario will continue issuing temporary IRP cab cards to carriers in the interim.

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