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.

Read the IHSA Article on Fatigue at Canadian Occupational Safety Online

In 2019 the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA), in partnership with Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (MLTSD), organized a group of industry experts that met for two days to determine the root causes of driver fatigue in Ontario’s trucking sector. During this 2-day workshop the group of industry experts established a top 10 list of driver fatigue causes.

Check out this great article posted on the Canadian Occupational Safety website which focuses on how through this initiative the following systemic causal factors were identified:

  1. Classify truck driving as a skilled trade (Red Seal)
  2. Review and address critical training gaps in mandatory entry-level training (MELT)
  3. Make graduated licensing for all truck drivers mandatory
  4. Increase enforcement of non-compliant carriers
  5. Promote mental health and wellness among professional truck drivers

Read the full article to learn more about why the trucking industry should focus immediately on addressing these five key factors.

Click here to read the full article.

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