Proposal to Improve the Province's Commercial Vehicle Operator's Registration (CVOR) System
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act
Summary of Decision:
Complete and approved
March 19, 2008
Summary of Proposal:
The ministry is proposing to amend the Highway Traffic Act, Regulation 424/97, Commercial Vehicle Operators' Information (O. Reg. 424/97), to require that all commercial vehicle operators subject to the ministry's Commercial Vehicle Operator's Registration (CVOR) system update their operational information annually.
Since July 1989, all Ontario base-plated carriers that operate commercial motor vehicles are required to register and obtain a CVOR certificate. These programs were developed through extensive consultations with truck and bus industry stakeholders.
Upon registration in the CVOR system, event data including collisions, convictions, CVSA vehicle inspections and facility audit results, are used to monitor the on-road safety performance of the carrier's commercial motor vehicle fleet as well as the carrier's compliance with highway safety legislation and regulations. This information is matched against key operational elements such as kilometric travel and fleet size to determine the carriers' safety ratings and to determine intervention and sanctioning thresholds at which the ministry should take action to ensure Ontario's roads remain safe.
While there is legislation in place to require that all carriers report to the Ministry of Transportation when there are material changes in their operational structure (i.e. adjustments to fleet size, change in location, change in corporate officers, changes to kilometric travel), many carriers simply do not report this information. As a result, the ministry is not able to identify the number of actively operating carriers, nor are they able to equitably assess the safety performance of carriers relative to others within the same operational peer group.
Over the past several years, the Ministry of Transportation has heard from a number of key industry stakeholders that the CVOR program is only as effective as its ability to monitor, intervene and sanction commercial carriers in a timely and fair manner.
One of their concerns is that without current operational information such as fleet size and kilometric travel, the monitoring and intervention thresholds may be skewed and the ministry may not be able to fairly assess the safety of carriers operating in the province.
To address these issues and to ensure the effective and efficient use of the ministry's resources in intervention and sanctioning events, the ministry is proposing to develop an annual renewal program whereby CVOR holders will be required to update their operating information on an annual basis.
There will be a nominal fee associated with the annual renewal (approximately fifty dollars). Furthermore, new entrants to the industry will be required to pay a one-time registration fee (approximately two hundred and fifty dollars). The fees collected will be used to offset the costs of the registration and renewal system, which are currently free. These fees are also less than those being charged in other jurisdictions for the same services.
Under the proposed changes, carriers that choose not to renew their CVOR registration will have their certificates expired. There will be no cost associated with this expiry.
Carrier Safety Programs Improvement Office
Carrier Safety and Enforcement Branch
3rd Floor, 301 St. Paul Street
St. Catharines, ON L2R 7R4
December 1, 2008