Class A Manual Transmission Restriction – Updated

As a follow-up to the memorandum released on April 15th, 2021 regarding the introduction of the Class A Manual Transmission Restriction the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has provided an important update.

Download the full memo here:

In the memo the MTO advised that they have received feedback from industry stakeholders regarding proposals to change the definition of a manual transmission as well as a new proposed implementation date of July 19th, 2021. This new proposed date will provide industry and training schools with at least 90-days of notification from the initial stakeholder notification.

The regulation is being proposed to be updated as follows:

(1) The Minister may, based on the results of an examination under clause 15 (1) (b) or (c), including the characteristics of the transmission of the motor vehicle driven during the examination of an applicant for or a holder of a Class A driver’s license, impose a condition on the person’s Class A driver’s license that the person not drive a combination of vehicles that constitutes a Class A motor vehicle if the motor vehicle has a manual transmission. O. Reg. 254/21, s. 1.

(2) For the purpose of subsection (1), a motor vehicle has a manual transmission if it is equipped with,
(a) driver-operated clutch that is activated by a pedal or lever; and
(b) a gear-shift mechanism operated either by hand or foot and without the assistance of automation.

(3) For greater certainty, a semi-automatic transmission or an automated-manual transmission is not a manual transmission.

If you have any feedback on either the updated definition or the implementation date please send them to the following e-mail address DPOconsultations@ontario.ca by Friday, April 30, 2021.

We will continue to update this thread as new information is provided.


COVID-19: Revocation of Regulations Extending the Validity Period of Carrier Safety Products

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, on March 17th 2020, temporary regulations under the Highway Traffic Act were put into place to extend the validity of driver, vehicle and carrier products and services expiring on or after March 1st, 2020.

This has caused some backlog and raised enforcement concerns about the validity of expired licenses and certificates. Ontario is now reinstating the renewal requirements for certain carrier products. Renewal deadlines have been extended for carrier products that would have expired on or after March 1st, 2020 until June 1st, 2021 for the following:

  • Commercial Vehicle Operators Registration (CVOR) Certificates
  • Annual and Semi-Annual Vehicle Inspections
  • Oversize/Overweight Annual Permits

For questions or assistance with renewing your CVOR certificate and/or Oversize/Overweight Annual permit please contact the Ministry of Transportation Client Services:

Additionally, online self-service is now available to renew CVOR certificates at: https://www.cvorrenewal.mto.gov.on.ca/#/

For additional updates on other key products the complete list of Ontario driver, vehicle and carrier products impacted by the extension please visit: https://www.ontario.ca/page/extended-validation-periods


Call for Nominations Now Open for the Annual Ken Hellawell Transportation Safety Award 2021!

The annual call for nominations is now open for the Ken Hellawell Transportation Safety Award.

Ken Hellawell was a true ambassador in the Canadian trucking community and one of the founding members of the Fleet Safety Council. Every year the IHSA is proud to recognize contributions made by an individual or group that is active or retired from the Ontario Transportation industry and exhibits extraordinary leadership, initiative, creativity, and innovation towards the advancement of health and safety.

Do you know someone, or a group, that demonstrates outstanding service with respect to the advancement of the Transportation Industry and/or their community in the promotion of transportation safety? If so, please consider nominating them for this great award!

Download the PDF below to read the complete criteria along with the nomination form.

All submissions must be received no later than September 1st, 2021!


Fleet Safety Council Educational Conference returns to webinar format for 2021

Read the latest information on the 2021 Fleet Safety Council Educational Conference

While it was hoped that the 2021 Fleet Safety Educational Conference could once again take place in person, the planning committee has decided, for sake of health and safety, the conference will continue to be presented in an online webinar format for 2021.

The conference will take place on Friday October 1st, 2021. Please be sure to save the date and watch for additional details in the coming weeks.


Statement by the Minister of Transport on electronic logging devices for commercial vehicles

On March 2nd, 2021 the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Omar Alghabra, issued a statement in regards to electronic logging devises for commercial vehicles:

“Road safety is a priority for the Government of Canada. That is why, in 2019, we took new action to prevent commercial driver fatigue and improve road safety by mandating electronic logging devices.

“These devices track drivers’ working hours to ensure all federally regulated motor carriers and their drivers operate safely.

“Consultations in the lead-up to the mandate generated broad support, and identified June 12, 2021, as a feasible date for the installation of electronic logging devices.

“As Minister of Transport, I am firmly committed to this timeline – these devices will further strengthen road safety in Canada. At the same time, the impact of COVID-19 on commercial vehicle operations has been unprecedented and must be acknowledged. 

“As such, with the support of provinces and territories, and in consultation with industry, we will work together on the successful and effective implementation of a progressive enforcement period. This will give sufficient time for industry to obtain and install certified electronic logging devices without penalty as of June 12, 2021. Early enforcement measures will consist of education and awareness.

“I’m confident this approach will ensure the safe and efficient operation of commercial carriers by providing flexibility to commercial operators, while also maintaining the safety benefits for Canadians.

“Given the benefits provided by electronic logging devices, it’s important for industry to outfit as many of their commercial vehicles with electronic logging devices as soon as reasonably possible.

“Truckers and other commercial operators deserve our thanks and appreciation for delivering essential services to Canadians – without them, we can’t beat this pandemic.

“I also wish to acknowledge the valuable input provided by our industry stakeholders on electronic logging devices. Moving forward, we will continue working together to bring this important road safety technology to Canada.”

Click here to see the statement online: Statement by the Minister of Transport on electronic logging devices for commercial vehicles


Call for Volunteer Commercial Carrier Companies: Research Study

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, and Ryerson University are conducting a naturalistic driving study to learn more about the road safety impact of new in-vehicle technologies and electronic device use by commercial drivers and they are looking for volunteer companies to participate.

By participating in this study, your organization will help to provide some insight on sources of distraction within commercial vehicles during a period of rapid technological change. Subsequently, this will allow Ontario to tailor its policies and education programs to maintain road user safety without placing unnecessary burden on businesses. Additionally, results may also provide insight into the safety benefits or risks associated with in-vehicle technologies, including various advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).

Company Criteria: For this study they are looking to recruit a small number of volunteer commercial carriers that operate at least some portion of their fleet entirely within Canada, and that employ their own team of mechanics/technicians.

For more details, additional Q&A and contact information for those interested in participating please download the PDF below.


Truckers Against Trafficking – Canada

The Fleet Safety Council is proud to be a member of the Truckers Against Trafficking Canada Committee.

The TAT Canada Committee (TCC) was formed with a volunteer membership that seeks to be a growth accelerator in expanding TAT’s anti-trafficking training among the trucking, bus and energy industries in Canada. Committee members are key industry leaders and government transportation entities that can activate their networks, resources and expertise to highlight this issue and point to viable training solutions. The committee is chaired by Heather Mewhinney, director of human resources at Kriska Transportation Group and co-chaired by Caroline Blais, recruiting manager at Kriska.

How to become TAT trained:

Company/School:  Share the free training video with your drivers. You can request a digital file of the TAT video or physical DVD from tat.truckers@gmail.com. After the training you can then  register your company as trained to reflect your impact in the fight against trafficking and encourage others to do the same.

Professional Drivers: Watch the free training video and take the short quiz through the TAT online portal. This will register you as an officially TAT Trained/TAT Certified driver.

Don’t forget to download the free TAT app and order wallet cards and window decals for free.

TCC’s Goals: Click below to learn more about the TCC’s goals

TCC Members and Press Release: Click below to see the announcement press release with a complete list of the TCC members.

If you are interested in learning more about TAT and how to become a certified TAT-trained driver through their free training click here.

TAT Training Video Short: The video below is the short version of the TAT Training Video


IHSA Road Safety Solutions – Distracted Driving Campaign

IHSA Road Safety Solutions – Distracted Driving Campaign: During National Trucking Week 2020 (September 6 – 12) IHSA announced a new promotional campaign that was designed to enhance the reach of their road safety message across Ontario. With truck drivers continuing their vital work as essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, and as the General Trucking sector continues to face a high number of fatalities, critical injuries, lost-time, and stress-related claims, IHSA is working hard to provide education solutions that can assist workers and employers to prevent these incidents.

Press Release: For more details please read the press release from the IHSA


IHSA.ca Road Safety Solutions e-Toolkit: Use the e-toolkit to help IHSA promote the Road Safety Solutions campaign and valuable road safety resources for workplaces across Ontario.

Click below to hear the IHSA Distracted Driving radio spots in both English and Punjabi.

English Radio Spots:

Punjabi Radio Spots: