Ontario Inspection Guidelines

Vehicles Inspected to the National Standard

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:

  • Trucks, trailers and converter dollies alone or in combination with a total gross weight, registered gross weight or manufacturer’s GVWR exceeding 4,500 kg.

"Truck" includes, but is not limited to, truck tractors, straight trucks, pickup trucks, curb side/cube vans, trade vans/panel trucks, and passenger vans and two and four wheel drive sport utility vehicles while being used to transport cargo, other than personal effects, with one or more of the vehicle's rear seats removed. This applies regardless of how the vehicle is plated, e.g., car, truck or farm plated.

"Trailer" includes, but is not limited to, boat, snowmobile, livestock, and general purpose utility trailers. "Trailer" does not include devices such as tar pots, portable welders, cement mixers, compressors, farm implements such as farm wagons, etc.



 

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.

"Bus" includes, but is not limited to, any vehicle designed for the transportation of 10 or more passengers excluding the driver e.g. passenger van, limousine, motor coach, school bus etc.

"Accessible Vehicle" includes, but is not limited to, any vehicle that has been modified for the purpose of transporting persons with disabilities whether or not the vehicle is also used for transporting persons without disabilities. e.g. this could include a, mini-van, passenger van or taxi that has been modified for accessibility.

"School Purposes Vehicle" includes, but is not limited to, any vehicle operating under contract with a school board or other authority in charge of a school for the transportation of six or more children or adults with a developmental disability.



 

Vehicles That Do Not Require Annual or Semi-Annual Inspections

  1. A motor vehicle commonly known as a recreational vehicle or a motor home, other than a motor vehicle:
    • Carrying commercial cargo or tools or equipment of a type normally used for commercial purposes; or
    • Carrying animals or non-commercial tools, equipment or vehicles that occupy one-half or more of its floor space.
  2. A house trailer, other than a house trailer:
    • Owned or leased by an employer to house the employer’s employee;
    • Carrying commercial cargo, tools or equipment of a type normally used for commercial purposes; or
    • Carrying animals or non-commercial tools, equipment or vehicles that occupy one-half or more of its floor space

      Note: a "house trailer” includes a cabin trailer, collapsible cabin trailer, tent trailer and camping trailer.
  3. Devices such as tar pots, portable welders, cement mixers, compressors, farm implements such as farm wagons, etc.
  4. Bus with a GVWR of 4,500 kg or less used exclusively for personal use.
  5. An empty commercial vehicle that is being operated by a manufacturer or vehicle dealer who has obtained a "special Permit” for a 10 day period as per the requirements under the HTA Regulation 628 "Vehicle Permits”, does not require a sticker.

 

Safety Standards Certificates

Safety Standards Certificates (SSC) are required when:

  • registering a rebuilt motor vehicle;
  • transferring a used motor vehicle to a new owner as fit;
  • registering a motor vehicle in Ontario that was previously registered in another province or country; or
  • changing the status of a vehicle from unfit to fit.

The National Standard inspection criteria will be used for trucks, trailers, buses, accessible vehicles and school purpose vehicles as described above (Vehicles Inspected to the National Standard). Vehicles that do not meet these definitions will continue to be inspected as per the schedules in HTA Regulation 611 "Safety Inspections”.