Trucks and Buses - What's New?

Vehicle Inspections

Annual, Semi-annual and Safety Standard Certificates Inspections

The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) has updated the National Safety Code 11 Part B, Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspections (NSC 11B). NSC 11B can be downloaded for free from the CCMTA website: http://ccmta.ca/en/publications/national-safety-code/national-safety-code-single-standards

NSC 11B provides the inspection criteria for annual, semi-annual and safety inspections for trucks, trailers, buses, accessible vehicles and school purposes vehicles. Ontario has offered an educational transition period which is due to expire on December 31, 2014. During the transition period, vehicles can be inspected to the inspection requirements of Regulation 611, Schedules 1, 2 and 4, as they were in effect June 30, 2011 or NSC 11B 2006 or the updated NSC 11B dated October 2014. As of January 1, 2015, it is expected that all vehicles will be inspected to the amended standard only.

The new 2014 standard better reflects the needs for Ontario.

Amendments to Regulations 611 "Safety Inspections" and 601 "Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations" reflect the new standard and update any references that are specific to NSC 11B 2006.

While NSC11B 2014 has been adopted almost its entirety there are four areas where Ontario"s rules deviate from the national standard:

  • The limitations on window tinting will only apply to vehicles manufactured after July 1, 2011 whereas the national standard has them applying retroactively;
  • The limitations on the size of an external sun visor will not apply to any vehicles in Ontario,
  • When completing a semi-annual inspection for buses, accessible vehicles and school purposes vehicles, internal brake components will not be inspected; and
  • Buses, accessible vehicles and school purposes vehicles will not be permitted to use the Limited Brake Inspection protocol set out in the standard.

For more information on the changes, including a comparison between the NSC 11B 2006 and NSC 11B 2014, please see the Regulatory Registry Posting at the following link: http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/

The requirements under Regulation 611 for light-duty vehicles (cars and motorcycles), are not affected only commercial vehicles (large trucks, trailers, buses, accessible vehicles and school purposes vehicles).

DailyInspections

Ontario adopted National Safety Code 13 "Trip Inspections" (NSC 13) in July 2007 for daily inspections of commercial vehicles. Amendments to Ontario's regulations are required to match NSC 13. The changes will be effective as of January 1, 2015.

For details, please see the Regulatory Registry Posting at the following link: http://www.ontariocanada.com/registry/

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