Ontario Inspection Guidelines

National Safety Code 11 Part B

The National Standard consists of three parts based on the type of vehicle to be inspected, truck, trailer or bus. Ontario has made some modifications to the standard, which are prescribed in HTA Regulation 611 Schedules 3, 4 and 5:

Type of Vehicle Section of National Standard Regulation 611 Modifications
1. Truck and Truck Tractors National Standard 11B (truck) Schedule 3
2. Trailers, Semi-Trailer, C-Dolly and Converter Dolly National Standard 11B (trailer) Schedule 4
3. Buses, Accessible Vehicles & School Purposes Vehicles National Standard 11 B (bus) Schedule 5

Each page of the National Standard is divided into two sections, the left side of the page lists the item and method of inspection and the right side of the page lists the corresponding rejection (pass/fail) criteria. Each part is organized further into sections of the vehicle:

  1. Power Train
  2. Suspension
  3. Hydraulic Brakes
    3A. Air Brakes
  4. Steering
  5. Instruments and Auxiliary Equipment
  6. Lamps
  7. Electrical System
  8. Body
  9. Tires and Wheels
  10. Couplers and Hitches

The National Standard identifies "Hazardous Conditions” for each section. Hazardous Conditions shown in the National Standard are more serious vehicle conditions. In some provinces inspection stations are authorized to take certain action to prevent the vehicle from returning to service until such conditions are repaired. These conditions have no unique status in Ontario.

All registered Motor Vehicle Inspection Stations (MVIS) are required to obtain a copy of the National Standard and HTA Regulation 611 Safety Inspections and make these available to Motor Vehicle Inspection Mechanics. A copy of HTA Regulation 611 can be obtained from the Ontario Government website e-laws at the following link: http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/regs/english/elaws_regs_900611_e.htm. A copy of the National Standard can be purchased from the CCMTA website at the following link: http://www.ccmta.ca/english/producstandservices/publications/publications.cfm.

All MVIS licensees have been issued a letter from the Ministry requesting those who inspect the affected vehicles to provide contact information allowing updated information to be sent to licensees.

It is the responsibility of licensed MVIS premises, mechanics and owner/operators to review the National Standard and become familiar with the new inspection requirements. Ontario is providing the following guidelines, frequently asked questions, sample inspection reports and mechanic activities list to assist with this transition.