Hours of Service Out of Service Declarations: MTO Registry Alert

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is proposing to introduce out-of-service declarations for some hours of service violations. An out-of-service declaration prohibits a driver from operating a commercial motor vehicle for a designated period. When implemented, the driver will have a legal obligation to comply with the declaration. A commercial motor vehicle operator will have a legal obligation to ensure that a driver, operating under the operator’s authority, complies with the out of service declaration.

Out-of-service declarations will help to mitigate driver fatigue, which is a leading collision causation factor for commercial drivers. Use of these declarations against non-compliant drivers will contribute to fairness and a level playing field among trucking and bus industry competitors.

This proposal was posted on August 19th, 2022 and will remain open for comment until October 3rd, 2022.

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Meet the 2022 Fleet Safety Council 31st Annual Conference Sponsors

Last Updated: 27Sep2022

On behalf of the Fleet Safety Council Conference Committee we would like to thank all of our sponsors for their commitment and dedicated sponsorship. Through their ongoing support we are able to provide our delegates with a fantastic line up of speakers once again. To show our appreciation the committee would like to encourage all of our members to take the time to review the offerings of our sponsors and support those that have made this conference possible. Visit our 2022 Conference Sponsor Page to learn more about each of these great organizations.

The FSC conference committee has made the decision to return to an in-person event once again this year where many of our sponsors will be exhibiting their products and services. Don’t miss your opportunity to meet representatives from these great organizations at the conference.

If you are interested in sponsoring the conference there are still some opportunities available! For more information please see our 2022 Sponsorship Opportunities Chart or contact the sponsorship committee (Rick Brown and Donna Bisch) at sponsorship@fleetsafetycouncil.com .

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Class A Manual Transmission Restriction in Ontario Begins July 1st, 2022

Effective July 1, 2022, drivers must complete their Class A or Class A restricted (AR) road test in a vehicle with a manual transmission that consists of at least eight forward gears with a high-low range or a restriction will be placed on their license. Drivers with restrictions cannot operate Class A/AR vehicles with a manual transmission in Ontario and will only be permitted to operate automatic, semi-automatic or automated-manual transmission Class A/AR vehicles.

Please note that a motor vehicle is considered to have a manual transmission if it has:

  • A driver-operated clutch that is activated by a pedal or lever, or
  • A driver operated gear-shift mechanism (operated by hand or foot and does not use the assistance of automation)

The restriction will be placed on the driver record and driver’s license. This restriction does not apply to the operation of lower-class vehicles such as Class G or D.

This restriction does not apply to anyone who completed their Class A/AR road test before July 1, 2022, however if someone is required by the Province to complete a class A road test after July 1st 2022, for any reason, and the test is completed in an auto shift vehicle, they will receive a restriction on their license, regardless of how long they may have previously had a class A license.

For full details please follow this link: https://www.ontario.ca/page/get-truck-drivers-licence#manual_transmission