MTO gives 18-month extension for transition to new safety standard

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TORONTO, Ont. — The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has extended the transition period for carriers to comply with National Safety Code Standard 11B “Periodic Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections” until Jan. 1, 2015, the Ontario Trucking Association has learned. The extended transition has been provided because of revisions to the existing standard currently underway. 

Ontario was scheduled to implement the existing national standard (2006 version) by July 1. However, since there are revisions being made to the national standard, the MTO has determined it makes more sense to wait for the standard to be updated rather than to introduce the 2006 version, and then follow up with the updated version in such a short period of time.  

The MTO has also notified all Motor Vehicle Inspection Station locations of the extension.

“The revisions currently underway to the national standard will not add any significant inspection requirements. However, it will add clarity and consistent language that is lacking in the current standard,” the OTA said in a release.

The new standard will be published by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA). The OTA has also developed educational and reference materials designed to aid fleets and maintenance facilities in adjusting to the national standard-type inspection processes. The OTA will also be offering a voluntary training and certification program for fleets and service technicians in the coming months.   

During the transition period, vehicles can be inspected to the inspection requirements of Regulation 611, Schedules 1, 2 and 4, as they were in effect June 30, 2011; the National Standard 11B – 2006 version or once published; and the updated National Standard 11B (expected late 2013). Vehicles can be inspected to any of the inspection criteria until Dec. 31, 2014 provided all the requirements for the chosen standard have been met. 

All the current standards under the Highway Traffic Act that apply to commercial vehicles operating on a highway, including on-road inspections, will remain as they are. The changes outlined above only apply to the annual, semi-annual and SSC inspections conducted by mechanics registered to licensed MVIS.

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  • Wonderfull! Trust these new regulations make sense and are not furthur making increased demandes on the already highly stressed maintence people.

    I do have a question for the MTO. When are you going to start Mechanical Safety Inspections on automobiles? I am Certified to work on cars and heavy vehicles. when working on the cars I see many safety defects which people will not correct. One of the greatest problems is with brake lines. These lines are so badly corroded it is just a matter of a short time before they burst. I see many vechicle with the front wheels lying on the groubd due to broken ball joints. Broken windshields are the norm.

    Many cars are not safe to be on the road yet MTO does little. Several jurisdictions in Canada and the US have mandatory yearly inspections for vehicle safety. Why not Ontario? We spend thousands of dollars making certain the car does not spew pollution, yet the same car should not be on the road due to serious mechanical defects.The money could be better spent on the mechanical conditon than trying to stop global warming, a battle mother nature will win anyway.

  • so the speed limiters arent working for ontario now they have to try heap more of their garbage on truckers..typical of this crappy province