The cabinet team of the Honourable Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria, Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction and the Honourable Caroline Anne Mulroney, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Francophone Affairs, have worked together once again to propose two new measures that will help the trucking industry be more efficient, productive and safe.
Today, Minister Sarkaria introduced new red tape and burden reduction measures intended to minimize existing barriers on businesses and support a long-term recovery plan through Ontario’s Spring Red Tape Reduction Package and introduced the Supporting Recovery and Competitiveness Act.
Contained in the bill were two measures specific to trucking: (i) online renewal options for Ontario commercial license plates and (ii) modifications to the LCV program:
Renewal of Provincial Commercial Licence Plates
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) will be adding an online option for the renewal of licence plate stickers for heavy commercial trucks with Ontario only plates. This change will streamline licensing renewals for hundreds of thousands of vehicle owners in Ontario who operate heavy trucks and eliminate the need for operators physically attend a Service Ontario location to complete plate renewal transactions. This effort also is concurrent to work being undertaken by MTO to streamline renewals and other transactions under the International Registration Plan (IRP).
Modifications to LCV Program
Ontario is making changes to the Long Combination Vehicle (LCV) Program to cut red tape, improve safety and level the playing field for trucking companies participating in the program. The changes, including requiring LCV program participants to provide upfront and ongoing proof of Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)/Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) coverage and Transportation of Dangerous Goods training for drivers if moving approved products, will continue to hold LCV program participants to highest levels of safety on Ontario’s roads. Further, enhancements to the b-train configuration will lead to additional increases in efficiencies within the program by allowing alternate axle configurations suited for lighter products and opening up the program to new industry sectors.
“The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is pleased with the Government of Ontario’s transition to the online renewal options for commercial licence plates and the ongoing work with respect similar enhancements on IRP program offerings,” said OTA’s Geoff Wood, senior VP, Policy. “We believe the program changes add an extra level of vigilance around WSIB and TDG certificates, will increase safety and ensure companies using the Driver Inc. model are restricted from accessing the program until they become compliant with their obligations. The enhancements to the b-train configuration also adds more versatility to the program for carriers. Once again OTA would like to thank Minister Sarkaria and Minister Mulroney for their leadership and continued support of the industry.”
To read a copy of the Government of Ontario press release please click here.