Modernization of Ontario Regulation 601, Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations and Ontario Regulation 611, Safety Inspections.
Ontario Regulation 601 - Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations
Ontario Regulation 611 - Safety Inspections
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act
Summary of Decision:
August 13, 2009
Summary of Proposal:
MTO proposes to modernize its regulations pertaining to safety inspections by undertaking several amendments that delete obsolete references to inspection criteria for propane-fuelled vehicles and dump vehicles and by including a new method for testing the brakes on transit vehicles. These amendments support the government’s commitment to a modern regulatory framework
Regulation 601, Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations
MTO proposes to undertake amendments to delete obsolete references in this regulation, namely for propane-fuelled vehicles and for dump vehicles.
MTO licensed motor vehicle inspection stations (MVIS) were previously assigned to undertake inspections of propane-fuelled vehicles. However, as of 1997, this inspection is now administered by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) and therefore the references and requirements related to propane-fuelled inspections should be deleted as they are obsolete and no longer relevant to the program.
Likewise, MTO no longer requires a separate inspection for dump vehicles, instead these vehicles are now included as part of the ministry’s mandatory inspection program for all heavy commercial vehicles.
Regulation 611, Safety Inspections
Currently in Ontario, commercial vehicles such as trucks and buses must undergo either annual or semi-annual inspections to the standards outlined in the Highway Traffic Act, Regulation 611, Safety Inspections.
MTO is also proposing to eliminate some of the regulatory burden in Regulation 611 by removing obsolete references to inspection criteria for propane-fuelled vehicles and dump vehicles. Under the current rules, there is a requirement for a specialized inspection for propane-fuelled vehicles. This portion of the regulation is no longer required as this inspection is now administered by TSSA.
The regulation also details a specific requirement for the inspection of dump vehicles. These references can be deleted as dump vehicles are now included as part of the ministry’s mandatory inspection program for all heavy commercial vehicles.
Under Regulation 611, Safety Inspections, there is an ongoing requirement that transit buses meet prescribed brake performance standards every 6 months. Currently, transit operators are required to either conduct on-road testing of the brake performance or they may use a commercially available roller-type dynamic brake tester. However, more advanced technology is now available to complete brake tests.
The new technology may decrease the time it takes to conduct an inspection and reduce the risk involved in brake inspections. It also produces less subjective results, especially when compared to an on-road test, and it can be used to assist the mechanic in diagnosing faults in the brakes. However, under the current regulatory requirements, the state-of-the-art equipment cannot be used.
MTO is proposing to amend the regulation to allow the new technology to be used by mechanics and independent garages for the purposes of compliance with periodic inspection requirements.
Carrier Safety Policy Office
Carrier Safety and Enforcement Branch
3rd Floor, 301 St. Paul Street St. Catharines, ON L2R 7R4
January 1, 2010