Regulation - LGIC

Proposal to introduce a New Entrant Education and Evaluation Program for new truck and bus operators.

Regulation Number(s):
Ontario Regulation 424/97
Ontario Regulation 281/12
Instrument Type:
Regulation - LGIC
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act
Summary of Decision:
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
March 9, 2012
Summary of Proposal:
MTO is proposing a New Entrant Education and Evaluation Program (NEEEP) in an effort to reduce the number of collisions and high risk road safety violations by new entrants to the truck and bus industries in Ontario. Research indicates that new truck and bus operators have the highest risk for collisions and road safety violations when compared to established operators, due to a lack of required safety knowledge, as well as poor oversight management and monitoring practices.

The proposed program has three components:
1. Education - Development of a Commercial Vehicle Operators' Safety (CVOS) manual containing information regarding Ontario's safety laws, appropriate safety management and self-governance practices.
Anticipated to be available on-line at no charge by March 2012.

2. Proficiency Test - Operators must demonstrate knowledge of Ontario's safety laws by completing a proficiency test prior to obtaining a CVOR certificate.
Implementation anticipated in late 2013.

3. Evaluation - Operators must undergo a review of their applied safety management and remediation practices by completing an evaluation of their records within the first 18 months of operations.
Implementation anticipated in 2014.

At this time MTO is looking to implement the first two components of NEEEP, the CVOS manual (available on-line) and the proficiency test (new mandatory requirement) followed by the implementation of the evaluation (future mandatory requirement) in 2014. The proposed program will impact approximately 5,000 new Ontario-based operators annually. In the current proposal, out of province and United States based operators will not be required to participate.

MTO is proposing to amend Regulation 424/97 under the Highway Traffic Act. The proposed amendments will introduce the requirement for new operators to complete a onetime multiple-choice proficiency test in person. The test will be completed by the owner/operator or safety manager responsible for the safe operation of the truck or bus company. The proposed cost of the proficiency test is estimated at $30 to $35 per test or retest. The applicant will be required to pass the proficiency test with a minimum score of 80% correct prior to obtaining a CVOR certificate. The test will be valid for a period of six months, requiring a new entrant to complete the CVOR registration process within six months of successfully completing the test.

The proficiency test will be based on the content of the CVOS manual. The content includes but is not limited to:
- Commercial Vehicle Operators' Registration;
- Operator monitoring and intervention;
- Facility audit;
- Safety programs;
- Preventive maintenance;
- Recordkeeping;
- Hours of service;
- Dangerous goods;
- Vehicle weights and dimensions;
- Driver and vehicle licensing;
- Passenger transportation services; and
- Cargo securement.

This proposal will be of interest to those considering to become a commercial motor vehicle operator, others involved in the truck and bus industry and all highway users.
Contact Address:
Carrier Safety Policy Office
Carrier Safety and Enforcement Branch
3rd Floor 301 St. Paul St
St. Catharines ON L2R 7R4
Effective Date:
October 1, 2013