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December 19, 2017 Reference: Ontario Regulation 366/09 – Display Screens and Hand-Held Devices
On December 12, 2017 Ontario Regulation 366/09 Display Screens and Hand-Held Devices was amended, extending the existing exemptions for the use of 2-way radios for an additional 3 years until January 1, 2021.
The loss of exemptions for the use of this equipment, which was scheduled to expire on December 31, 2017, would have had significant detrimental impact on most municipal operations.
The 3 year extension will afford our members the opportunity to investigate viable alternatives.
The MEOA views this as the result of MEOA Member feedback and participation in stakeholder meetings with the MTO and will continue to support the direction of permanent exemptions for municipal and utility operations.
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MTO to Phase in Knowledge/Vision Tests for Class D Renewals;
Adds Cyclical Medical Reporting July 1, 2018
MTO announced this week they will be moving forward with planned changes to renewals and medical reporting for Class D licenses effective July 1, 2018.
It is expected that formal notice in the form of a letter to each registered Class D licence holder will be sent at the end of August 2017 notifying drivers of the upcoming changes.
Back in October 2016, the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) proposed to revise licensing requirements related to knowledge/vision tests and medical reporting requirements for Class D licence holders to bring them in line with other commercial licence classes.
The changes are as follows:
Licence Renewal Requirements
All class D licence holders up to age 80 will now be subject to a class D knowledge test and vision test every five (5) years at time of licence renewal.
Class D licence holders over the age of 80 will remain subject to an annual knowledge and vision test.
Questions contained on the knowledge test are based on information found in the Official MTO Truck Handbook which is available online by clicking here and at various retailers, including DriveTest and ServiceOntario locations.
Drivers with air brake endorsements (Z) would also take the written airbrake test at the same time. Ontario Air Brake handbook
This website includes practice exams for A and C and Z endorsement
As per MTO’s road test requirements for drivers 65 to 79 years of age, only those drivers with 3 demerit points or an at-fault collision on their driving record would be required to take a road test if the demerit point or at-fault thresholds were exceeded.
Class D licence holders under the age of 46 will be required to submit a medical report every 5 years;
Class D licence holders between the ages of 46-64 will be required to submit a medical report every 3 years;
Class D licence holders 65 and older will be required to submit an annual medical report.
At some point during the five-year phase in period starting after July 1, 2018, a medical report form will be mailed to drivers with an indicated due date for when the medical form is to be completed by a physician or nurse practitioner and submitted to a DriveTest location. Medical report forms are mailed to the drivers address on file with MTO 90 days in advance of the medical due date. Class D licence holders who operate into the United States and who were required to come into compliance in 2016 with medical reporting requirements will continue to submit their medical reports. For more information on MTO’s medical review program for commercial drivers, please click here.
MTO will be sending a general communication by unregistered mail to each class D driver formally notifying them of the upcoming changes. It is expected these letters will be sent toward the end of August 2017 to provide advanced notice of the changes. In addition, more information on the new requirements will also be contained in each licence renewal notice sent to drivers. Driver licence renewals coincide with the driver’s birthday every five years. Renewal notices are sent by unregistered mail to the address on file for the driver with the MTO 60 days prior to the expiry of the licence. At some point over a five-year period after July 1, 2018, Class D licence holders will be required to submit a medical report.
Posted Wednesday August 02, 2017, in Operations/safety
For a number of years MEOA President has chosen a charity to support during their year as President. Throughout the year activities are held to raise funds for the charity as well as to provide information and education to our membership regarding charities that often touch close to home. Thank you for taking time to view KOA Care Camps Video and join with us in supporting the camp. Our goal is to bring greater awareness to all . Outside of our events, we welcome you to reach out to KOA Care Camps individually
Over the past few years, the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has been working closely with key stakeholder groups in reviewing the definition of Road-Building Machine (RBM) and the operating conditions and exemptions these vehicles are currently granted under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA). This letter is to notify you that legislative and regulatory changes related to RBMs will take effect on July 1, 2017.
Road-Building Machine Status Change
Under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA), a road-building machine (RBM) is currently defined as “self-propelled vehicle of a design commonly used in the construction and maintenance of highways.” Initially, these vehicles were slow-moving vehicles that could not meet federal manufacturing standards for lights, tires, etc. As a result, they differed from commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), but since they still needed to operate on highways to perform the road-building function, they were made exempt from a number of obligations under the HTA and other legislation that relies on the HTA to classify vehicles, including vehicle registration, licensing, hours of service, inspections, safety monitoring, and fuel tax.
Increasingly however, technological changes have led to RBMs being constructed on truck chassis. Newer vehicles can travel at highway speed, resemble and operate like CMVs. Industry and government have raised concerns about safety, fairness and lost revenue.
The proposed amendments will amend the definition of RBMs to limit it to vehicles that are truly different from CMVs. All other vehicles formerly considered as RBMs will be required to comply with HTA as a CMV.
Other proposed amendments would add some additional restrictions and obligations to those vehicles that remain classified as RBMs under the new definition. This includes restricting speed to 40 km/h and requiring a slow moving vehicle sign when operating on the road. Lastly, through the proposed amendments, the ministry would be authorized to make new regulations under the HTA to set out operating rules for vehicles that continue to be classified RBMs, such as, requiring a valid driver’s licence when operating on the road.
The proposal is a combination of legislative and regulatory amendments.
The legislative element is a new definition for RBMs that sets out the nature of a RBM, such as:
- A self-propelled vehicle of a design commonly used in the construction or maintenance of highways that belong to a class of vehicle, has features or is being used as prescribed in regulation.
The regulatory provisions would build upon the legislation by providing some specific rules clarifying which vehicles are included in the RBM class and which vehicles are not. The addition of a regulatory authority will allow the ministry to more quickly modify the rules to respond to future trends in vehicle design.
Example of Vehicle Types
Vehicles that will continue to be RBMs:
- Any vehicle listed in the current definition including:
- Asphalt spreaders, concrete paving or finishing machines, motor graders, rollers, tracker-dozers, motor scrapers;
- Tracked and wheeled tractors while equipped with mowers, pot-hole diggers, compactors, weed spraying equipment, snow blowers and snow plows, front-end loaders, back hoes or rock drills;
- Power shovels on tracks and drag lines on tracks.
- Rock trucks with restrictions on load carrying;
- Cranes not designed for highway operation;
- Street sweepers that are slow moving and built on a purpose built chassis.
Vehicles that will NO LONGER be considered RBMs:
- Mobile cranes that do not meet previous requirements;
- Stone slingers;
- Any vehicle built on a truck chassis designed for highway operation.
Once the definition is amended, vehicles that are currently RBMs will be broken down into two groups:
- RBMs: Vehicles that meet the amended definition of a RBM in the HTA. These vehicles will remain exempt from many obligations under the HTA, including registration.
- CMVs: Vehicles that do not meet the amended definition of a RBM in the HTA. These vehicles must comply with CMV requirements under the HTA.
As a CMV, these vehicles will be required to comply with the following requirements under the HTA and Fuel Tax Act:
- Vehicle permits (licence plates and registration);
- Driver’s licence;
- Safety inspections (daily, annual, and safety standards certificate);
- Commercial Vehicle Operators’ Registration (CVOR);
- Hours of Service (proposed deferral);
- Vehicle weights and dimensions (required for CMVs and RBMs);
- Drive Clean testing;
- Automobile insurance; and
- Fuel tax.
An Ontario organization representing nearly 450 communities is pushing for legislative change after the option of appealing a high-profile court decision involving the municipal use of road salt was shot down. Continue reading