Improvements to the Ministry of Transportation's Medical Reporting Program
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act
Summary of Decision:
Effective February 23, 2018, Ontario Regulation 38/18 was created to:
•improve road safety
•increase the pool of qualified healthcare practitioners who are required to make a report
•provide clarity regarding the circumstances under which a report should be made, and
•improve the experience of those whose licences are suspended for medical reasons.
All comments were carefully considered and stakeholder consultations were held with the medical and enforcement communities. - Those consulted were supportive of the amendments.
Changes as a result of the regulation will come into effect July 1, 2018. For full details of the regulation, please see attached Ontario Regulation 38/18.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
The Ministry of Transportation conducted an impact assessment and has determined that there are no new administrative costs for business. Regulatory amendments are only responsive to concerns of medical community.
LGIC regulatory change filed with Registrar of Regulations on February 23, 2018.
August 25, 2017
Summary of Proposal:
Improving Medical Reporting and Eliminating Driver Licence Returns
Currently, sections 203 and 204 of the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) require physicians and optometrists to report to the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) patients, 16 years of age or over, who may be suffering from medical or visual conditions that may make it unsafe for them to drive. This requirement, which has been in place since 1968, does not specify which medical conditions should be reported.
In an effort to provide clear direction to the medical community on what types of conditions must be reported, and to also acknowledge the expanded scope of practice for nurse practitioners, the ministry is taking steps to amend the mandatory reporting requirements. Sections 203 and 204 of the HTA have been amended to permit these changes.
In addition, it is an offence to possess or display a licence that is suspended. In an effort to improve customer service and simplify compliance, the ministry is eliminating unnecessary steps in the suspension and reinstatement process.
Please see attached document for more details
Road Safety Policy Office - Road Users
Room 212, 87 Sir William Hearst Avenue
Toronto, ON M3M 0B4
July 1, 2018