MTO eliminates waiver requirement for drivers under HTA

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TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) says it has convinced the Ministry of Transport to streamline the commercial driver medical review process and eliminate the medical waiver program, while continuing to apply national medical standards.

Currently, commercial drivers who do not meet the medical standards of the Highway Traffic Act must apply for a waiver, which they are granted if they meet national medical standards. Beginning Jan. 1, the waiver will no longer be necessary, however drivers must still meet the national standards.

“We are pleased MTO has taken this step to improve the efficiency of the commercial driver medical review process while maintaining its integrity,” said Geoff Wood, vice-president of operations at OTA.  “This will reduce paperwork for drivers, carriers and physicians.”

The OTA has scheduled a Webinar for Jan. 12 during which it will explain further details on the revised medical waiver process.

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  • I have read this article.. and here I sit with a G licence! waiver was due after Jan 1.. but they down graded my licence to G in Dec 21 2010.. my physical was sent in Dec.. passed, but the ministry had me go throught 2 waivers in the same year.. as I have stated I had sent all the forms in Jan 2010.. they sent me no waivers and declassed me.. I have no way of driving now..and making no money and I cannot get unimployment as I am owner operator! I have been in contact with them and they say it could take more than 6 to 8 weeks to even look at my case.. this was an error of the ministery, but now I am in dire straights, and no one to help me.. if your article is true, I shouldn’t have to send the waiver in the first place, I need help and I am hoping you can guide me in looking for assistance.. you can contact me PLEASE… 519-345-0828..
    thank you
    Jean Cote