Contractors, please be advised that effective July 1, 2017, The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) has changed the classification of road-building machines.
If you have any of the vehicles impacted by the MTO changes, it’s essential you review what’s involved and acquire proper registration, licensing, inspection and insurance.
What are the changes?
As per MTO, the following classes will no longer be considered road-building machines and will be classified effective July 1, 2017, as commercial motor vehicles:
- Mobile equipment vehicles, which means: a mobile crane that is not built on a truck chassis, however, excluding off-road mobile cranes.
- An excavator that is not built on a truck chassis, however, excluding an off-road excavator.
- A street sweeper that is not built on a truck chassis, however, excluding a low-speed street sweeper.
Commercial Motor Vehicle Requirements
If a vehicle no longer falls under the definition of a road-building machine, it will be classified as a commercial motor vehicle and is, therefore, subject to the following requirements:
- Vehicle registration, motor vehicle insurance, Hours of Service, Inspections.
Licenceddriver/ appropriate class of driver’s licence.
- Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration (CVOR).
How does this impact your insurance?
If your current insurance policy features any of the vehicles that are no longer classified as a road-building machine but now rather a commercial motor vehicle, then these vehicles must be moved to a commercial automobile policy and covered accordingly.