Commercial Vehicle Operators’ Safety Manual

CVOR Abstracts

A CVOR abstract is a document that displays information about an operator and that operator's safety performance. There are three CVOR abstracts available:

  • Public CVOR Abstract (Level I) is a one-page document available to the general public summarizing an operator's record over a two-year period.
  • Carrier CVOR Abstract (Level II) is available only to the operator or their authorized agent, and includes summary data over a two-year period, as well as detailed event data for collisions, convictions and inspections for a five-year period.
  • CVOR Driver Abstract is a five-year record of collisions associated with a conviction of the driver for a safety-related offence, convictions and inspections relating to the driver (while operating a commercial motor vehicle in Ontario only). The driver-licence status and medical due date are also shown.

Carrier CVOR Abstract (Level II)

Collisions, convictions and inspections appear on a Carrier CVOR Abstract (Level II) in the following ways:


Reportable collisions that occurred in Ontario are received by MTO from the police. Reportable collisions that occurred in other Canadian jurisdictions are reported by those jurisdictions via a Canada-wide, data-exchange system.  Only those out-of-province collisions that occurred after April 1, 2007, will appear on a carrier abstract.  A "reportable accident" involves damage over $1,000 and/or personal injury.

Collisions are assigned points based on the severity of the collision and other information on the motor vehicle accident report.  The report may also include written information on charges laid.

Collisions where no improprieties or vehicle defects are noted on the police report appear on the operator's CVOR record but do not incur points (for example, zero pointed).  Collisions reported at a collision reporting centre (self-reporting) are also included on the operator’s record and may also be pointed.


An officer may lay a charge against a driver or operator. Convictions resulting from driver or operator charges are recorded on the operator's CVOR record with point values based on severity.

Convictions for offences that occurred in other Canadian jurisdictions are received by MTO via a Canada-wide data, exchange system. These out-of-province convictions will appear on a Carrier CVOR Abstract (Level II).


An officer may conduct an inspection of a commercial motor vehicle. Inspections are conducted according to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) standards, which are applied by all jurisdictions across North America. Inspections can result in the following findings:

  • Defects
  • Out-of-service defects
  • Critical defects that can cause the vehicle to be impounded

Driver or vehicle inspection categories that do not meet the minimum standard are considered out-of-service.

When mechanical defects exceed the critical defect criteria, the ministry may impound the vehicle. In such a situation, extra points are not added on the CVOR record. However, this event does appear on the CVOR record, and could result in the operator being recommended for an intervention.

All levels of CVSA inspections performed by an officer anywhere in Canada will appear on a carrier abstract. This includes passed inspections, as well as those with defects and defects that are out-of-service.

There are five levels of CVSA inspections that Ontario monitors on a CVOR abstract:

  • Level 1 - Examination of the vehicle and driver (driver's licence, medical certificates and hours of service)
  • Level 2 - Walk-around driver and vehicle Inspection (components including those that can be inspected without physically getting under the vehicle, as well as driver's licence and hours of service)
  • Level 3 - Only driver's licence, vehicle permits, annual inspections and hours of service
  • Level 4 - Special inspections directed to examine a particular driver-related item or vehicle component
  • Level 5 - Vehicle inspection only without the driver present
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