Regulation - LGIC

Modernization and Harmonization of Commercial Vehicle Inspection Requirements

Regulation Number(s):
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act
Summary of Decision:
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
September 4, 2014
Summary of Proposal:
MTO is proposing changes to Ontario Regulation 611, Safety Inspections (Reg. 611) and Regulation 199/07, Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections (Reg. 199/07) made under the HTA. These proposed amendments are designed to modernize the commercial vehicle inspection regulations and to ensure that Ontario's requirements more closely align with those of the other Canadian jurisdictions. They also include minor housekeeping amendments to correct typographical errors.

Regulation 611
The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) has updated NSC 11B, Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspections (NSC 11B). The anticipated implementation date for the updated standard is January 1, 2015. Ontario completed a rolling adoption of NSC 11B in 2011 and therefore when the standard is updated Ontario automatically adopts the new version.

Since adopting NSC 11B in July 2011 as the standard for annual, semi-annual and safety inspections for trucks, trailers, buses, accessible vehicles and school purposes vehicles, Ontario has offered an educational transition period which is due to expire on December 31, 2014. 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 or NSC 11B 2006. There will also be a transitional time frame between when the new standard is published and the January 1, 2015 implementation date when any one of the three inspection regimes can be used. Once the new standard comes into effect on January 1, 2015, it is expected that all vehicles will be inspected to the amended standard only.

The new 2015 standard better reflects the needs for Ontario.
Amendments to Reg. 611 are required to reflect the new standard and to change any references that are specific to NSC 11B 2006.

While the province is adopting NSC11B 2015 in almost its entirety there are four areas where the provincial rule is proposed to deviate from the national standard:
1. The limitations on window tinting will only apply to vehicles manufactured after January 1, 2014 whereas the national standard has them applying retroactively;
2. The limitations on the size of an external sun visor will not apply to any vehicles in Ontario,
3. When completing a semi-annual inspection for buses, accessible vehicles and school purposes vehicles, internal brake components will not be inspected; and.
4. Buses, accessible vehicles and school purposes vehicles will not be permitted to use the Limited Brake Inspection protocol set out in the standard.

The requirements under Regulation 611 for light-duty vehicles (cars and motorcycles), are not affected by these proposed amendments. These amendments will only apply to commercial vehicles (i.e. large trucks, trailers and buses).

Regulation 199/07
Ontario adopted NSC 13 in July 2007 for daily inspections of commercial vehicles. Amendments to Ontario's regulations are required to match NSC 13 "Trip Inspection".

Attached are three documents to highlight:
1. Key differences between the current NSC 11B and proposed new standard;
2. Proposed amendments to Regulation 611; and
3. Proposed amendments to Regulation 199/07.

These proposed amendments will be of interest to maintenance technicians, mechanics, truck and bus operators and others involved in the truck, trailer and bus industry. After reviewing the proposed changes, the ministry is interested in any feedback.
Contact Address:
Carrier Safety Policy Office
Carrier Safety and Enforcement Branch
3rd Floor, 301 St. Paul Street
St Catharines, ON L2R 7R4
Effective Date:
December 1, 2014