Proposed Amendments to Ontario Regulation 629, Vehicles for the Transportation of Physically Disabled Passengers
O. Reg 172/11
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act
Summary of Decision:
February 1, 2011
Summary of Proposal:
The Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) is developing an Accessible Transportation Standard for inclusion in their Integrated Accessibility Regulation (IAR) under the AODA. The Accessible Transportation Standard will prevent and remove barriers so that people with disabilities are able to more easily access transportation services across the province by the year 2025.
As MTO already has a fairly comprehensive set of vehicle equipment standards for highway vehicles transporting individuals with disabilities, the government is proposing that the IAR build on the existing standards. To accomplish that goal, as part of the broader IAR proposal, the IAR will reference O. Reg. 629 for technical requirements applicable to highway vehicles (e.g. buses, transit buses, motor coaches, school buses, taxis and physically-disabled-passenger vehicles).
In the fall of 2010, MTO originally posted its intent to make these amendments to Regulation 629 and in the intervening months, ministry staff have been discussing these proposed amendments with various stakeholders, including modernizing some of the language and updating some of the current vehicle standards. The intent is that the regulation will continue to apply to all vehicles currently subject to O. Reg 629.
Please see the attached document for the draft regulatory language for an amended Regulation 629.
Carrier Safety Policy Office
Carrier Safety and Enforcement Branch
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St. Catharines, ON L2R 7R4
July 1, 2011