Class A Manual Transmission Update

This update is a follow-up to the previous update provided on April 27th by the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) regarding the introduction of the Class A Manual Transmission Restriction.

As previously announced, effective July 19th 2021, individuals completing the Class A or Class A restricted (AR) road test with an automatic transmission, including semi-automatic and automated-manual transmissions, will be restricted from operating Class A/AR vehicles with a manual transmission and only permitted to operate automatic, semi-automatic and automated-manual transmission Class A/AR vehicles.

Download/read the full communication here:

Some of the updates in the latest memorandum include the following:

The restriction will be added to the driver record and will appear on the front of the driver’s license card as “REST/COND G” and “Restr Class/Categ. Avec restr” on the back of the card.

The latest update provide the following details for regulatory and enforcement purposes. A motor vehicle has a manual transmission if it is equipped with:

  1. a driver-operated clutch that is activated by a pedal or lever; and
  2. a driver-operated gear-shift mechanism that is operated by hand or foot and does not use the assistance of automation.

For additional certainty, a semi-automatic transmission or an automated-manual transmission is not considered to be a manual transmission.

Individuals that fail to comply with the Class A manual transmission restriction will be contravention of section 32(9) of the Highway Traffic Act.


Regulatory Registry Alert: ELD for Intra-Provincial Carriers

On June 12th 2021 the amendments to the Federal HOS Regulations to mandate the use of ELDs, Regulation 555/06, for all federally regulated commercial trucks and bus operators will come into effect. Recently it was announced that there will be an education and awareness period – without penalty – until June 12th, 2022.

The comment period for this regulation will be closing on July 12th, 2021. Please use the link below to review the Regulatory Registry and link to the comment section.

Ontario’s Regulatory Registry: Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) for Intra-provincial Carriers


New MTO Product: Online Carrier Record

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) recently announced their latest product designed to support the success of their commercial vehicle clients.

This new product is called the Online Carrier Record which will provides their clients with instant access to all of their CVOR safety records in real time. Users will be able to filter and sort using a variety of functions and view these records online or download into a PDF or Excel file to help manage their safety performance. 

  • Users will have full access to the service and to their CVOR safety records.
  • Access will be granted based on the email provided on the CVOR record.
  • The service will be available for use 24/7.
  • There will be no fees associated with this service.

Users can access the Online Carrier Record service by visiting https://www.ontario.ca/carrierrecords

Important Note: In order to access this service, companies must have their email address listed on the CVOR file. If you need to update the record or have any questions or comments regarding the service, please contact MTO Client Services by email CVOR@ontario.ca or by phone 1-800-387-7736.


Complete a Survey and Help Support a Transportation Charity

The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF: www.tirf.ca), an independent road safety research institute, is conducting a study which is funded by the MTO to gather information on drug and alcohol screening policies within the trucking and transit sectors. Upon completion of the study the results will support larger MTO research projects to support and address the concerns of key stakeholders to ensure that Ontario’s transportation safety policies are as effective as possible.

This initiative was supported by the following industry stakeholders and associations:

  • Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA)
  • Metrolinx
  • OC Transpo
  • Ontario Motor Coach Association (OMCA)
  • Ontario Public Transit Association (OPTA)
  • Ontario Trucking Association (OTA)
  • Private Motor Truck Council of Canada (PMTC)
  • School Bus Ontario (SBO)
  • Transit Windsor

The 15-minute survey focusses on alcohol and drug use among commercial motor vehicle drivers in Ontario. Those completing the survey are asked to answer the questions to the best of their ability and based on their organization’s experiences. Please note that all responses will be treated as confidential and no personal information on any individuals or organizations will be shared with the MTO or any of the stakeholders.

TIRF will also be donating $50 dollars to a transportation specific charity for each completed survey. Those completing the survey will be asked which charity is preferred and the charity with the most votes will receive the donation.

To completed the survey please follow the link below or scan the QE code from one of the PDF invitations below:

Click here: TIRF Alcohol and Drug Survey


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!