Class A Manual Transmission Restriction

On April 15th 2021, the Ministry of Transportation released a memorandum advising that they have taken steps to enhance road safety by introducing a Class A manual transmission restriction.

Download the full memorandum:

The memorandum highlights the following:

  • Effective May 17th, 2021 anyone completing a Class A road test in a vehicle with an automatic transmission (including automated manual transmissions) will be restricted from operating a Class A vehicle with a manual transmission
  • This restriction will appear on the front of their driver’s license as “REST/COND G” and “Restr Class/Categ. Ave restr” will appear on the back of the card
  • This restriction applies to Class A and now lower class vehicles
  • For regulatory and enforcement purposes a motor vehicle will be considered to have a manual transmission if it has a clutch pedal

Applicants taking the Class A road test:

  • Will have the option to attempt the road test with any type of transmission they choose
  • Those that take the test with a manual transmission will not have the restriction added to their license

Individuals who hold a Class A license prior to May 17th, 2021 will be able to continue to drive Class A automated-manual, automatic or manual transmission vehicles.

Individuals that do not comply with the Class A manual transmission restriction will be in contravention of section 32(9) of the Highway Traffic Act.

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:

For additional updates on other key products the complete list of Ontario driver, vehicle and carrier products impacted by the extension please visit:

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!