Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is reviewing the current definition of a road-building machine (RBM) under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA). RBMs are exempt from many obligations under the HTA and other legislation that relies on the HTA for vehicle classifications.
MTO and the Ministry of Finance have been working together on this initiative and as a result of two public information sessions held on March 10th and 11th, 2015 regarding the proposed change of the RBM definition. It has been decided to extend the implementation of the new definition for one year, from 2016 to January 1, 2017. The implementation will be followed by a one year of educational enforcement period until January 1, 2018.
Industry has indicated they would welcome more time to prepare and assess the changes to their business.
The ministry will continue to work towards the development of a new definition to distinguish between traditional types of RBMs built to operate on construction and maintenance right of ways and those built on truck chassis able to operate at highway speeds and meet federal manufacturing requirements. Vehicles that do not meet the new RBM definition will be classified as commercial motor vehicles, and as such, will be required to comply with safety regulations.
This information will be of interest to commercial vehicle operators, municipalities, owners of RBMs including mobile cranes, concrete pumpers, sweepers and hydrovacs, those in the construction or road-building industry.
August 24, 2015
Comments Due Date:
September 21, 2015
Carrier Safety Policy Office
Carrier Safety and Enforcement Branch
3rd Fl-301 St. Paul St
St Catharines ON L2R 7R4