MTO expands weight and length privileges

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TORONTO, Ont. — The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) recently announced changes to the Oversize/Overweight permit program through a letter that was sent to all permit carriers.

Eligible motor carriers may now transport loads up to 28 metres in length and total vehicle weights of up to 78,000 kg., depending on the vehicle configuration. These permits are available on a self-issuance basis by completing an application form and successfully faxing the information to MTO.

Motor carriers wishing to exercise this privilege must abide by specific conditions. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of these privileges and prosecution.

A carrier must hold a valid Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration (CVOR) certificate; hold an Annual O/O Permit issued by MTO; possess a safety rating of ‘satisfactory-unaudited’, ‘satisfactory’ or ‘excellent’; carry in the vehicle the original annual permit, a completed copy of Part 1 of the ‘Application to Exercise Special Amendment Privileges’ together with a copy of the ‘Special Amendment 2003’ permit, and fax confirmation that the application was sent to MTO at 905-704-2564.

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