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Ontario adds expiration dates, e-streamlining for CVORs

Posted: March 31, 2016 by Today's Trucking Staff

TORONTO, ON – Expiration dates are being added to Ontario’s Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration (CVOR) certificates starting in April. 

As reported by the Ontario Trucking Association, it’s just one part of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO’s) ongoing efforts to streamline processes involving CVOR certificates. 

“We know drivers aren’t intentionally driving with expired certificates, so this will help them to remember,” an MTO spokesperson said Tuesday. 

Kerri Wirachowsky, head – enforcement program evaluation with the MTO’s Carrier Enforcement Program Office, says that drivers will not be charged if the expired CVOR document is in the cab. But drivers still have to present a certificate and show the underlying CVOR is still in good standing. Up to this point, that has often involved carrying renewal receipts along with the original yellow CVOR certificate, she told a seminar hosted by the Private Motor Truck Council of Canada. The new versions of the documents that come with expiry dates can simply be printed as they’re updated.

 Expect to see a mixture of the old and new documents in use over the next two years.

“I don’t want to write the violation on a report for failing to surrender a CVOR,” Wirachowsky says, also referring to the related $105 fine. But if the lack of document isn’t noted, the fleet remains oblivious to the fact that it’s missing, she added.

MTO says it’s not only trying to adopt Ontario’s green mandate by using less paper, but wants to make the process easier for commercial drivers as well. The end goal, says MTO, will be a comprehensive CVOR web channel that will offer everything in just one stop. 

In addition to now being able to receive email CVOR correspondence instead of ground mail, MTO is changing the payment timing for the CVOR. Due to an issue with drivers not completing the required multiple choice test, payment will now be required first, and then a test will be sent to the driver to be completed within six months. 

More modernization changes to the CVOR process are expected by winter 2016.

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