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Improving Commercial Truck Program

McGuinty Government Keeps Ontario's Roads Safe

Ministry of Transportation

Improvements to Ontario's registration program for commercial vehicle operators will help keep the province's roads safer.

Starting today, commercial vehicle operators will be required to renew their registrations every year. This will allow the Ministry of Transportation to better monitor companies' safety performance and take early action to address safety concerns.

A new education program is being developed to help all new truck and bus companies in Ontario understand the rules and requirements to safely operate their business. About 5,000 new companies will be required to complete this program each year.

The ministry has 300 Enforcement Officers who inspect more than 100,000 trucks and buses every year. Fifty additional officers have been hired to inspect more vehicles across the province.

Quick Facts

  • Over one million commercial trucks and buses have been inspected in Ontario since 1998.
  • The number of fatal collisions involving large trucks dropped by 37 per cent between 1990 and 2005, even while there were 56 per cent more large trucks registered in the province.

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“Ontario is a leader in truck safety standards and enforcement. We have among the toughest truck safety laws in North America. Strengthening our registration system is another step we are taking to make our roads even safer.”

Jim Bradley

Minister of Transportation

“The Ontario Trucking Association is fully supportive of a requirement for annual Commercial Vehicle Operators' Registration renewals. We strongly believe that these improvements will enhance the program and ultimately make our roads safer.”

David Bradley

President, OTA



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