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Vehicle safety, maintenance and daily inspections
Ministry of Transportation inspection stations

The Ministry of Transportation monitors the condition of commer­cial motor vehicles operating in Ontario and, when necessary, takes corrective action. One method of accomplishing this task is through vehicle inspections, which can be performed by ministry enforcement staff or police officers. Ministry enforcement staff perform inspec­tions at truck inspection stations.

Truck inspection stations are found at various highway locations in Ontario. Signs indicate whether or not a station is open. If a station is open, trucks must enter and stop for inspection.

Vehicles and loads are checked for weight, height, length, width and axle spacing. Driver licences are also checked for validity and proper class of licence for the vehicle.

All drivers of a commercial vehicle as defined in section 16(1) of the Highway Traffic Act should carry and surrender on demand the following documents:

  • A valid driver’s licence of the appropriate class for the vehicle being operated
  • The registration or a true copy for the truck and trailer (if any) being operated
  • The CVOR certificate or true copy of the individual or company responsible for the driver, vehicle and its load
  • An original insurance certificate for the vehicle being operated (vehicle-specific or a fleet policy)
  • A daily inspection report that has been completed within 24 hours and a copy of the appropriate inspection schedule
  • A daily log for the day and the previous fourteen days
  • All supporting documents to the driver, including but not limited to fuel, bridge, toll and accommodation receipts

If a driver is directed to operate within a 160-km radius of where they start the day and return to the same location at the end of the day, they may be exempt from carrying a daily log, but will still be subject to all of the requirements for hours of service.

Vehicles are subject to safety checks (for example, of brakes, lights, couplings). In addition to perma­nent truck-inspection stations, mobile-inspection units may be set up for varying lengths of time at any location.

Any police officer or appointed ministry officer has the authority to perform a safety inspection at any time and any location. They may require you to drive to the nearest inspection station. If requested, you must assist in the inspection of the vehicle. Inspections may be done on a highway at any time.

If you refuse or fail to proceed to a weigh scale when requested, you are guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of up to $20,000 under section 124(5) of the HTA. You may also have your licence suspended for up to 30 days.

Drivers who refuse or fail to redistribute or remove part of a load, or make arrangements to do so, or obstruct a weighing, measuring or examination, are guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of $200 to $20,000 under section 124(6) of the HTA.