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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:

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:

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).


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:

CVOR Written Test

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is seeking to reduce the incidents of collisions and high risk safety violations by new operators of trucks and buses on Ontario highways.  To achieve this goal MTO is introducing a CVOR written test for new operators in the Commercial Vehicle Operators' Registration (CVOR) program. 

MTO's goal is to improve a new entrant's knowledge of their requirements allowing enforcement to focus on non-compliant operators instead of operators who do not understand their obligations.

The CVOR test will be a one time requirement. Operators will be required to demonstrate knowledge of Ontario's safety laws by completing a test in person at a DriveTest Centre as a prerequisite to obtaining a CVOR certificate.

The ministry has amended the Highway Traffic Act Regulation 424/97 "Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators" information to require Ontario-based CVOR applicants, who apply after September 30, 2013, to complete this test prior to being issued a CVOR certificate and operating on Ontario roadways. 

For more information see the Commercial Vehicle Operators' Safety manual, Module 4 "Commercial Vehicle Operators' Registration", specifically the CVOR Test.

Security of Loads - Regulation 363/04

National Safety Code (NSC) Standard 10 (Cargo Securement), was recently updated by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA), following consultations with all provinces, territories and Transport Canada.

Regulation 363/04 under the Highway Traffic Act automatically adopts NSC Standard 10. The amended standard (dated June 2013) took effect on June 10, 2013, when it was published on CCMTA's website. 

The updated standard includes four changes related to:

  • Definition of a light vehicle;
  • Friction mats (Section 12);
  • Metal coils (Section 50), and
  • Intermodal containers (Section 84).

Although the updated standard is now in effect, the ministry will allow sufficient time for industry to communicate the changes to its members. Full enforcement of the updated standard will commence on January 1, 2014.

Implementation of the new standard may vary across Canada. Please be aware that operators must comply with the legal requirements of each individual jurisdiction.

These changes took effect on June 1, 2013.

Amended Regulation 612 can be found on e-Laws at Ontario Regulation 612, School Buses.

School Buses

Recent amendments were made to Regulation 612 under the Highway Traffic Act to consolidate all requirements for school buses, including accessible school buses, into one regulation. Requirements related to accessible school buses were moved from Regulation 629 to Regulation 612.

Regulation 612 automatically adopts Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standard D250.  CSA D250-12 recently took effect and applies to new school buses manufactured on or after June 1, 2013 and, for the first time, includes accessibility-related standards.

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