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CVOR RENEWALS 2009-03-19  
Commercial Vehicle Operator's Registration (CVOR) What's New Starting December 1, 2008 all CVOR certificates will be assigned an expiry date. For Issuance of ORIGINAL CVOR Certificates - $250.00 Renewal of your CVOR Certificate Starting December 1, 2008 all CVOR certificates will be assigned an expiry date. Existing (non-expiring) certificates are being assigned an expiry date over a two-year transition period. New applicants for CVOR certificates will be assigned an expiry date at time of issuance. Renewal will be required annually after the transition period. Carriers converted in the first year of the transition period will receive an expiry date of two years. Carriers converted in year two will have a one year expiry assigned. After transition, annual renewal will be required for all operators except those operators with carrier safety ratings of "satisfactory" or "excellent". These operators will only be required to renew their certificate every two years. Operators will be sent a notice of expiry 60 days prior to expiry (90 days during the transition period). A carrier that does not renew prior to the expiry date is liable to a fine and possibly to imprisonment, under section 21(2) of the Highway Traffic Act, if one or more of its commercial motor vehicles is found operating on an Ontario highway. In addition, subsection 20(2) authorizes a police officer to detain the vehicle and seize the permits and number plates of the vehicle until it can be moved in compliance with the Act. FEE SCHEDULE, EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 1, 2008 $250 Application for and issuance of an original CVOR certificate Re-instate a CVOR certificate after it has been invalid for more that 12 months Re-instate a terminated CVOR certificate after its expiry date. $100 A one-time fee to convert a non-expiring certificate to an expiring certificate, during the two-year transition period. $50 Annual Renewal fee after the two-year conversion period.
 
MANDATORY TRUCK SPEED LIMITERS 2009-03-19  
Electronically limiting truck speeds will promote a cleaner environment, safer roads and a stronger economy in Ontario and Québec. Starting January 1, 2009, most large trucks driven in Ontario will be required to use electronic speed limiters that cap their speed at a maximum of 105 kilometres per hour. Studies conducted by the federal government, through Transport Canada, have demonstrated environmental, safety and cost saving benefits of speed limiters. Ontario and Québec are now working together to jointly launch and implement speed limiter regulations. Several transportation companies have already limited their vehicles’ speed to 105 km/h or less in response to the many benefits of speed limiters. Benefits There are environmental, safety and cost benefits from mandating the use of speed limiters. Reducing the speed of a vehicle will result in lower fuel consumption that helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and saves money on fuel purchases. As well, the risk of collision is reduced when driving at lower speeds. Environment Setting truck speed limiters at 105 km/h on all heavy trucks in Ontario would save about 100 million litres of fuel a year - the equivalent of 280,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions according to the results of the 2007 Transport Canada study. Safety Roads and signage are designed for maximum driver safety if the posted speed limits are observed. Speed limits are set based on scientific calculations of human capabilities (visual perception, reaction time, shock resistance) and vehicle performance (braking, adherence, etc.). The safety of road users is at risk if the speed limit is exceeded. Drivers expose themselves to a number of dangers by exceeding speed limits. Driving at higher speeds induces major stress that results in driver fatigue and loss of concentration. Speeding makes it more difficult to react to changes, stop suddenly and control the vehicle and in case of a collision, the higher the speed the more severe the collision. Savings Setting speed limiters at 105 km/h or less will reduce the operating costs of many transportation companies by reducing fuel consumption and increasing vehicle energy efficiency. Legislation Ontario passed legislation to mandate the use of speed limiters on commercial vehicles in June 2008. The supporting regulations were adopted on November 10, 2008. Legislation Regulation Enforcement Police and MTO enforcement officers will use both existing traffic control techniques and portable electronic testing units to verify the activation of a vehicle speed limiter at 105 km/h maximum. The use of portable electronic testing units will provide access to the vehicle engine data and confirm if the limiter has been activated at a speed of 105 km/h or less. It will be necessary for officers to plug into a data port located within the cab of the truck. Coming Into Force Speed limiter regulations is in force effective January 1, 2009. There will be an educational enforcement period of six months to allow carriers to have the vehicle speed limiter set during the normal course of maintenance avoiding unnecessary additional costs to comply with the legislated requirement. Traditional enforcement will commence once the educational enforcement period is complete.
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