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MEOA EVENT UPDATE

MEOA friends and colleagues,

As we have rolled along with provincial restrictions in 2020 and now 2021 we have continued to work with our event site hosts to ensure once we are all able to come together again we have everything in place for that. Our PD Day committee is actively working to secure a location as soon as courses are able to commit for 2022.

Having said that please mark your calendars for the following:

MEOA Annual General Meeting April 12-14, 2022 @ Hilton Meadowvale, 6750 Mississauga Rd., Mississauga, Ontario

MEOA Professional Development Day – May 25th, 2022.  Pine Knot Golf Club, 5421 Hamilton Rd., Dorchester, ON.  8:30am Registration.  10am Shotgun Start.

Works and management solutions are often shared and explored within our association as a network resource, benefitting all who partake. We are always looking for new participation to expand our footprint. We consistently invite operators, leaders and decision makers from many cities, towns and regions in Ontario to help us advance best practices. As a member, experiencing the interaction and questioning between other members about practices and resolutions has been greatly rewarding.

With all our historical success with the above mindset and direction, we are excited to Introduce MEOA LinkedIn Forum, a new addition to MEOA resources as a Q & A tool In our toolbox. An invite will be sent to all active members to participate. As MEOA members, both as municipal and supplier, we all forged our own ways to work through this pandemic. Our ability to reach out to a number of people at one time to gain support and best practices has been limited to virtual platforms such as zoom or teams meeting, These are the forums of today and can be very effective for messaging and networking. These methods will no doubt remain in use post pandemic. It is our goal to add back in the human side of networking later this year and into 2022 and myself and all your MEOA executive is looking forward to seeing you again.

At the heart of networking is establishing beneficial, lasting connections, one person at a time.

Cheers and take good care of each other.

Paul Peyton

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)