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Hours of Service

As of January 1, 2007, all commercial vehicle drivers operating in Ontario are subject to the new hours of service regulations.

Over the past several years, the Canadian provinces and territories have been working through the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) to modernize the commercial vehicle drivers' hours of service rules by reflecting the advances in scientific research into human sleep patterns and fatigue management practices. The new rules were developed and supported by all Canadian jurisdictions and a broad spectrum of stakeholders. These rules reflect advances into research on fatigue and establish the maximum hours a driver can operate a commercial truck or bus on a highway.

The new hours of service rules will help commercial drivers get the necessary rest required to safely operate their vehicles. These new rules also help keep Ontario's roads safe.

The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is providing an educational enforcement period during the first part of the new year to assist drivers and carriers in adjusting to the new rules. During this period, commercial drivers and/or carriers are encouraged to adopt the new rules

New provincial rules can be found at e-Laws:

New federal rules can be found at:

Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA)

Ministry contact e-mail: cepo@ontario.ca

Ministry contact address:

Carrier Safety and Enforcement Branch
301 St. Paul Street, 3rd Floor
St. Catharines, ON L2R 7R4