Ontario sets new point values as it overhauls CVOR

TORONTO (April 9) — The Ontario Ministry of Transportation unveiled changes to the point-values assessed to infractions on a motor carrier’s CVOR as the province continues its overhaul of the way it regulates truck safety.

The revisions are designed to ease the transition from the current system to a new, revamped CVOR (Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration) model, according to a report from the Ontario Trucking Association. MTO officials were not immediately available for comment.

The association said the following interim changes would apply immediately:

> All accidents since August, 1995 with a point value of “1” will be re-pointed to “0”;

> All CVSA detentions since August 1995 will be re-pointed to “1” point per out-of-service defect (to a maximum of four points per vehicle combination) from the current two points per OOS defect (to a maximum of eight points per vehicle combination);

> Convictions categorized as “non-safety related” will be re-pointed to “0”; and

> Overweight convictions will be assigned two points where the amount of the overload exceeds 2000 kilograms. For overloads less than 2000 kilograms, zero points will be assigned. This approach is consistent with the national CCMTA (Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators) Conviction Equivalency Table, the OTA said.

MTO had already implemented a change to reduce the demerit point for an at-fault accident from “10” to “5”.

There will be no changes made to the current CVOR thresholds as part of this interim change. The new CVOR intervention model will be ready for analysis in May 1999.

The changes are among many key revisions in past months to establish a more reliable and fair CVOR system.

OTA president David Bradley said the changes “represent a major step forward in modernizing and enhancing the regulatory regime governing truck safety. At long last we are moving towards a system that will focus on safety and that will inject much more fairness into the system than has existed since the inception of CVOR.”
In an interview last month, MTO director of motor carrier compliance Mike Weir said other initiatives, notably implementation of a safety ratings system for truck operators, are on schedule.

The MTO will wind down an educational campaign about the new CVOR and safety ratings system next month, when it will begin to assign ratings to carriers. The first to be assigned will be those whose safety record would be deemed “unsatisfactory,” with others to follow throughout the balance of the year.

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