Proposed amendments to Highway Traffic Act Regulation 199/07 (Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections) and Regulation 611 (Safety Inspections)
Ontario Regulation 199/07 (Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections)
Ontario Regulation 611 (Safety Inspections)
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is proposing to amend two regulations under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA). The intent of these amendments is to reduce regulatory burden and streamline processes for the bus industry.
This proposal will be of interest to owners and operators of a motor coach, bus, school bus, school purposes vehicle and/or accessible vehicle. This proposal has no impact on the inspection requirements for trucks or trailers.
Regulation 199/07 requires drivers to inspect key mechanical components on buses and trucks daily. Since motor coaches sit low to the ground, it is difficult to inspect under-vehicle components without a lift or pit. In 2007, the National Safety Code 13 (NSC 13) and the HTA were amended to permit the under-vehicle of motor coaches to be inspected every 12,000 km or 30 days, whichever comes "first". Since that time it has been determined that the frequency of this under-vehicle inspection may be more frequent than originally intended. As a result MTO is proposing a reduction in the frequency of under-vehicle inspection to every 12,000 km or 30 days, whichever comes "last".
MTO is proposing the amendments to Regulation 199/07 take effect on January 1, 2018.
Regulation 611 requires buses, school purposes vehicles and accessible vehicles to be inspected twice annually. Regulation 611 automatically adopts the most current version of the National Safety Code Standard 11B, Periodic Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections (NSC 11B) which outlines the criteria for annual, semi-annual and safety inspections.
On January 1, 2015, NSC 11B (2014) came into effect and introduced a Limited Brake Inspection (LBI) which reduces the requirements for inspection of the internal brake components. Currently, through Regulation 611, buses undergo a semi-annual inspection that does not require inspection of the internal brake components. Under this criterion, a bus cannot be inspected using the LBI as outlined in the national standard.
The NSC 11B allows for the use of the LBI when a full brake inspection has been completed within the previous seven months. These changes to the NSC 11B brings the national standard close to Ontario's current bus inspection requirements and can replace the annual and semi-annual inspection process being used today as outlined in Regulation 611.
MTO is proposing to require a full inspection of a bus, school purposes vehicles and accessible vehicles every six months with the use of the LBI without the requirement to record any brake measurements. This change will result in a minimal change to the inspection requirements used for these vehicles while providing additional flexibility to vehicle owners. Additionally, as a result of these changes, there will no longer be a need to use two inspection stickers to demonstrate compliance. Amendments will be made to the stickers to require the orange semi-annual sticker to be used every six months.
MTO is proposing the amendments to Regulation 611 take effect on January 1, 2018.
January 13, 2017
Comments Due Date:
February 27, 2017
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