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MEOA Announcement – John Rutkay Passing

It is with great sadness that we share the news that a member of our MEOA family, John Rutkay, passed away on November 22nd.  

Whether it be working with the MEOA on the Executive Committee, interacting during MEOA events, as a customer, or celebrating with family and friends…John always carried a smile with a presence that commanded many a room.

For those who had the fortune to have spent time with John, you have been in the realm of his generosity, empathy, and witnessed the joy he found in spending time with family and friends…many a good time was had by all.

As John has “gone deep” for the last time…the memories we have made will be cherished and he will be greatly missed by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Your MEOA Executive wishes to extend our deepest condolences to the Rutkay family and circle of friends.

Details of the celebration of Johns life are below:

Proposed Integrated Vehicle Safety and Emissions Inspection Program

Each year, Ontario commercial trucks and buses must complete multiple inspections to ensure that they are meeting Ontario’s high environmental standards and safety requirements. These inspections are important, so we are creating a one-stop approach so that we can reduce burden for individuals and businesses while maintaining strong environmental protections by proposing to combine Ontario’s mandatory emissions and safety inspection requirements into a single inspection for heavy diesel commercial motor vehicles.

Completing both tests at the same time will save these drivers time and money so they can focus on keeping goods moving across Ontario, while maintaining the necessary protections for our environment and safety.

Proposed Transfer of Provisions from the Environmental Protection Act to the Highway Traffic Act

As part of the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2019, the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) is proposing amendments that will transfer responsibility for vehicle emission inspections and enforcement from MECP to the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) by repealing Part III of the Environmental Protection Act and transferring the substance of Part III to the Highway Traffic Act.

These amendments, which are currently posted for a 30-day consultation period on the Environmental Registry of Ontario and Ontario’s Regulatory Registry, are proposed to come into effect on July 1, 2021.

Proposed Integrated Vehicle Safety and Emissions Inspection Program

The proposed legislative amendments will form the foundation for the subsequent legislative changes. These changes will enable the consolidation of heavy diesel commercial motor vehicle emissions inspections, commercial vehicle safety inspections and associated enforcement activities to be carried out under the Highway Traffic Act. Under the integrated program, which will be administered by MTO, owners of heavy diesel commercial motor vehicles would be able to get an emissions and safety inspection at the same time and location — one test, with one digital result.

Proposed Legislative Changes

MECP is proposing legislative changes, as part of the Red Tape Reduction Bill, in two areas:

1.       Repealing Part III of the Environmental Protection Act, and

2.    Transferring the substance of Part III to the Highway Traffic Act.

The Environmental Registry of Ontario legislative proposal is open for 30 days. Contact information is listed in the proposal should you have any comments or questions regarding the proposed changes.

See the legislative proposal here: https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-0646

Fall Technology Trip 2019 Sponsors

Our Annual Fall Technology FieldTrip is just around the corner. Many thanks to our sponsors below who have generously donated to the success of this municipal trip.  Your executive

Mack Trucks Canada (Major Sponsor)
Volvo Heavy Equipment (Major Sponsor – Volvo Days)
Strongco (Premium Sponsor)
Viking Cives (Premium Sponsor)
Joe Johnson Equipment (Premium Sponsor)
DiCAN Inc (Premium Sponsor)
Eloquip (Standard Sponsor)
Bryans Auction (Standard Sponsor)