Regulation - LGIC

Passenger/Light Duty Vehicle Inspection Standard

Regulation Number(s):
Ontario Regulation 611, Safety Inspections
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act
Summary of Decision:
All public comments received through the Regulatory Registry have been reviewed and the Passenger/Light Duty Vehicle Inspection Standard has now been finalized.

A downloadable version of the Standard, a summary of major changes and additional Motor Vehicle Inspection Station Program information, is available on the Ministry of Transportation website:

The new standard is effective July 1, 2016.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
March 13, 2015
Summary of Proposal:
Ontario Regulation 611, Safety Inspections
Passenger / Light Duty Vehicle Inspection Standard

Regulation 611 (Safety Inspections) under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) governs the standards that apply when a vehicle is submitted for inspection for the purposes of obtaining a safety standards certificate. The standards include procedures that licensed motor vehicle inspection stations apply during an inspection and a list of defective conditions that would cause a vehicle to fail an inspection. Amendments are proposed to the standards applicable to passenger and light duty vehicles to make them reflective of current vehicle technology, to align them more closely with federal vehicle standards, and to make the format of the standards more user friendly.

Technology has changed significantly since the current standard was first implemented. New safety related technology, including air bags and electronic stability control, is now standard equipment on vehicles and required by Transport Canada on new vehicles. As the safety of road users is paramount, it is imperative that the ministry inspection standard for passenger vehicles addresses new safety innovations.

Currently, passenger standards are contained in Schedules 1 and 2 within Regulation 611. On the other hand, the standards applicable to commercial vehicle inspections are contained within an incorporated handbook. The incorporated handbook, National Safety Standard 11, is very user friendly. The Ministry wishes to adopt a similar format for the passenger vehicle standard. The proposed layout allows for a more detailed inspection process and better communicates the process to inspection station owners, technicians and the public. As many inspection stations use both passenger and commercial vehicle standards, and some vehicles cross-over between the two standards, the Ministry has attempted to make the passenger standard as consistent as possible with the commercial vehicle standard.

The ministry is also proposing to require the inspecting technician to provide an inspection report to the client which includes, but is not limited to, those components specifically identified in the Standard as reportable items.
Amendments to Regulation 611 are required to adopt the new standard and to change any references that are specific to the existing standard.
Contact Address:
Carrier Safety and Enforcement Branch
3rd Floor, 301 St. Paul Street
St Catharines, ON L2R 7R4
Effective Date:
July 1, 2016