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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)

Update Ontario Regulation 366/09 – Display Screens and Hand-Held Devices

December 19, 2017  Reference: Ontario Regulation 366/09 – Display Screens and Hand-Held Devices

Dear Members;
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.

The amended regulations may be found at;

Thank You
Stephen Sinclair
MEOA-Director of Fleet Safety & Compliance

MTO Class D Licences

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.
Medical Requirements
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

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