Ontario Inspection Guidelines

What is New?


Ontario is adopting a new standard for commercial motor vehicles.

This affects annual, semi annual and safety standards certificates inspection requirements for trucks, trailers, buses, accessible vehicles and school purposes vehicles.

The new standard is National Safety Code Standard 11 Part B, "Periodic Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections” January 2006 (National Standard), produced by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA). CCMTA is a non-profit organization made up of representatives of the provincial, territorial and federal governments of Canada which, through the collective consultative process, makes decisions on administration and operational matters dealing with licensing, registration and control of motor vehicle transportation and highway safety.

The National Standard has been adopted through amendments to Highway Traffic Act (HTA) Regulation 611 "Safety Inspections” and takes effect in Ontario on July 1, 2011.

The National Standard outlines inspection criteria for Safety Standards Certificates, Annual Inspections and Semi-Annual Inspections for the following vehicles:

Annual Inspection and Safety Standards Certificate (SSC):

  • Trucks, trailers and converter dollies alone or in combination with a total gross weight, registered gross weight or manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating exceeding 4,500 kilograms (kg),

Annual Inspection, Semi-annual Inspection and Safety Standards Certificate:

  • Buses designed for 10 or more passengers excluding those with a manufacturer’s gross vehicle weight rating of 4,500 kg or less used exclusively for personal use,
  • Accessible vehicles modified to be used for the purpose of transporting persons with disabilities, excluding those used only for personal purposes, and
  • School purposes vehicles operating under contract with a school board or other authority in charge of a school being used for the transportation of six or more children or adults with a developmental disability.

Some of the new requirements under the National Standard include:

  • Vehicles manufactured after July 1, 2011 with Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS) must have ABS inspected and operating as intended to pass the inspection. On January 1, 2014 all vehicles originally equipped with anti-lock brakes will required the ABS operating as intended to pass inspection;
  • After-market window tinting prohibited on the windshield and windows to the immediate left and right of the driver for vehicles manufactured after July 1, 2011;
  • Requirement to record brake measurements; and
  • Introduction of semi-annual inspection certificates to match the requirements for annual inspections.

For further information see the "comparison between the current inspection requirements and the National Standard”.