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.

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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.