Regulation - Other

Extending the Motor Vehicle Inspection Station Program and DriveON Phased Transition

Regulation Number(s):
O. Reg 170/22
Reg 601
Reg 611
Reg 628
O. Reg 215/17
O. Reg 28/16
Instrument Type:
Regulation - Other
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Transportation is proposing to extend the Motor Vehicle Inspection Station (MVIS) program by six months to provide the industry more time to transition vehicle inspection activities to the new digital platform, DriveON.

In March 2022, necessary amendments were made to the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) and its regulations to replace the current MVIS program and the heavy-duty emissions testing with a contractual model for Vehicle Inspection Centres (VICs) called DriveON. These legislative and regulatory amendments included dates to end the MVIS program in phases by inspection type.

At that time, MTO signed a 10-year contract, with Parsons Inc. to administer the new DriveON program, including supplying all necessary inspection-related materials and equipment, providing administrative oversight and certain enforcement activities.

The ministry now needs to adjust the rollout timelines of the DriveON program in order to provide additional time and flexibility for securing annual and semi-annual safety inspection stickers and to account for software and hardware development delays experienced.

The transition to the DriveON program requires all existing MVIS vehicle inspection facilities that conduct safety inspections to become DriveON Vehicle Inspection Centres. Furthermore, to continue to provide service, the phased transition to DriveON must occur prior to the end of the MVIS program.

Consequently, MTO is proposing to extend the MVIS program by six months until June 30, 2024 changing the end date for heavy duty vehicle inspections from June 30, 2023 to December 31, 2023 and for safety standards and structural inspections from December 31, 2023 to June 30, 2024.

For the reasons mentioned above, MTO is proposing to amend Ontario Regulations 601, 611, and HTA Sections 91 to 100 which enable the delivery of the MVIS program and are set to be revoked in phases by January 1, 2024.The amendments will ensure that the MVIS program can be extended by six months. Additional consequential amendments will be made to O. Reg 170/22, Reg 628, O. Reg 215/17 and O. Reg 28/16 to ensure program continuity during an extended transition period.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
This proposal gives the regulated community more time to adapt their businesses to the new DriveON program delivery model and ensure that any potential delays in implementation experienced by the program vendor do not impact the vehicle repair and inspection industry. There are no new costs associated with these changes to the implementation dates.
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
January 13, 2023
Comments Due Date:
February 27, 2023
Contact Address:
301 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines