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  • Sharing the Road With Trucks
    and pull up on its right side you may be squeezed between the truck and the curb as it makes the turn Most trucks need a longer distance to stop Signal your intentions well before turning slowing or stopping to give trucks behind you more time to brake When stopped especially going uphill a truck may roll back farther than a car when the driver releases the brake and engages the clutch Leave at least one car length between your vehicle and the truck ahead and stay slightly to the left of your lane so you can be seen in the truck driver s mirror Be visible Stay out of a truck s blind spots typically to the sides and back Truck drivers rely on their mirrors to see what s happening in these areas Never follow so closely that a truck driver cannot see your vehicle in the mirrors If you can t see the driver in the mirrors then the truck driver cannot see you When passing trucks do not stay alongside for too long a time Pass as quickly and safely as possible and don t cut in front of a truck too closely On multi lane

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/topics/shareroad.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Pulling a Trailer Safely
    trailers that weigh 1360 kg 3000 lb or more Use the correct class of trailer hitch on your vehicle Class I up to 2000 lb Class II up to 3500 lb Class III up to 5000 lb Class IV 5000 to 10000 lb Repair or replace broken or worn out hitches Contact a trailer hitch retailer for more information Thinking of buying a trailer Consider the size power and condition of your vehicle Trailer dealers can help match your vehicle with the right type of trailer and the proper hitch system You must have two separate means of attachment between your vehicle and the trailer Safety chains should be crossed under the tongue to prevent the tongue from dropping to the road should the primary hitch accidentally disconnect It is recommended that chain hooks have latches or devices that prevent accidental disconnect The breaking strength of each chain should equal the gross weight of the towed trailer See Farm Vehicles and Equipment and The Highway Traffic Act Appendix A chain grades charts Chains are required for goose neck type trailers that utilize a ball and socket type hitch Fifth wheel type hitches that have safety latches do not require safety chains When attaching the trailer to a vehicle make sure it is hitched securely The trailer tongue should be snug on the ball when locked Never overload the trailer Overloading or poor load distribution can cause serious swaying and separation when driving and possible tire wheel bearing and axle failure Also the law requires that loose objects be covered with a tarp and everything be strapped down so nothing can bounce or fly off Adjust vehicle mirrors to clearly see traffic approaching from behind Keep the load low Use extension mirrors if necessary It is against the law to tow

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/topics/trailer.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Have Your Vehicle Serviced Regularly
    or truck in good shape will also reduce the amount of fuel it uses and increases the resale value It also helps to protect the environment A well maintained vehicle will generally start in all weather conditions The following types of regular maintenance will help keep your vehicle fit and safe check tire pressures and check tires for damage or wear Replace tires with bumps bulges exposed cords and deep cuts check that all lights are working and replace any broken or burned out bulbs check that windshield wipers and blades are working properly Replace wiper blades that streak the window check and change if necessary oil and filter water in the radiator windshield washer fluid brake fluid and battery check all hoses for cracks or leaks and check fan belts for wear or slackness have the exhaust system checked if it sounds noisy or rattles keep your vehicle clean inside and out keep seat belts clean to prevent dirt and moisture from damaging the mechanism Remember a police officer or Ministry of Transportation inspector can examine your vehicle its equipment and any trailer attached to it at any time If the vehicle is found to be unsafe it may

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/service.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Reporting Collisions
    for failing to report a collision and or failing to provide the required information is a fine of 200 to 1 000 three demerit points a possible jail term and suspension of your driver s licence The pen alty for leaving the scene of a collision also includes seven demerit points When reporting a collision to police that does not involve injuries or fatalities you may be instructed to go to a self reporting collision centre or a police station Police will attend the scene of collisions involving a fatality or injury collisions involving three or more vehicles or where towing is required Remember the following steps if you are involved in or come upon a collision Call police or have someone call for you If there are no injuries and the vehicles are driveable move them as far off the road as possible If they cannot be moved set up warning signals or flares or have someone warn approaching drivers If there are injuries fatalities fuel leaks or serious vehicle damage do not move the vehicle s Turn off all engines Do not smoke light a match or put flares near any vehicle that is leaking fuel If there

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/safety/topics/reporting.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Commerical Vehicle Impoundment Program (CVIP)
    greater state of disrepair when impounded for critical defects than they would be when taken out of service for failing to meet international standards set by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance CVSA For example a vehicle is placed out of service if 20 per cent or more of its wheels have brake defects However this defect would be considered critical if more than 50 per cent of its wheels have brake defects The critical defect criteria which were developed by government and industry are defined in Regulation 512 97 of the Highway Traffic Act HTA Copies of the regulations are available on the web site in Ontario Statutes and Regulations found at www e laws gov on ca Where are inspections for critical defects and impoundment being conducted Inspections for critical defects and impoundment are being done at specified truck inspection stations across the province These stations have been selected based on their strategic location and their exposure to high volumes of commercial traffic The impoundment program will be expanded to incorporate other truck inspection stations and mobile enforcement units over time It is intended that impoundment will eventually take place across Ontario How will inspections for critical defects and impoundment affect buses Buses including school buses and motor coaches are commercial vehicles and are subject to impoundment Critical defects on buses will be detected at special blitzes held at selected inspection locations What are the consequences of having a commercial vehicle impounded After the vehicle is inspected and found to have critical defects charges are laid against the owner and or operator truck or bus company and or driver The vehicle is then impounded for a prescribed period Before the impounded vehicle is removed from the inspection site it must be off loaded repaired and put in a safe condition for towing Vehicles that cannot be made safe for towing must be placed on a flat bed trailer and floated to the impound facility The impoundment period is 15 days for the first incident within a 2 year period A second incident within 2 years will result in a 30 day impoundment period A third or subsequent incident within 2 years carries a 60 day impoundment period The operator will be charged with operating an unsafe vehicle and is responsible for all costs associated with the removal transfer and storage of the load The owner may be charged and is liable for the fees and costs associated with towing and impoundment and cannot use the vehicle for doing business during the impoundment period The driver may also be subject to charges Fines for safety related offences are set out in the Provincial Offences Act and may be as high as 20 000 When the impound period is complete the vehicle is released by the Registrar and must be towed or floated to a qualified repair facility The vehicle cannot be driven on any Ontario road until a Safety Standards Certificate has been issued Only then will plates and permits

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks/cvip.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • MTO 2010-2011 Accessibility - Introduction
    CVOR test is successfully completed DriveTest will notify the MTO and the CVOR certificate may be issued This requires 24 hours to process How to Prepare The CVOR test is multi choice and based on the content of this manual the Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators Safety manual You can also prepare by completing the CVOR practice test New applicants are required to complete the CVOR application process and once notified by MTO by receipt of an application confirmation letter complete the test in person at a DriveTest Location You will be required to bring your application confirmation letter from MTO and photo identification with you to the DriveTest centre location in order to complete your test NOTE DriveTest staff will only administer the CVOR test to those identified on the application confirmation letter from MTO This includes the owner sole proprietor corporate officer or director of a corporation as per the information the applicant provided on their application form DriveTest staff will require photo identification and a copy of the MTO application confirmation letter to confirm the identity of the individual completing the test If you require a corporate officer or director to be added to your file or require a second copy of the application confirmation letter provided by MTO you must contact Carrier Sanctions and Investigation Office Ministry of Transportation 301 St Paul Street 3rd Floor St Catharines ON L2R 7R4 Tel 1 800 387 7736 Ontario only or 416 246 7166 Fax 905 704 2039 or 905 704 2525 CVOR Responsibilities Module 1 Introduction Overview Purpose of this Guide Queen s Printer Bookstore Intended Users Highlight of Modules Available in this Manual Module 2 Getting Started Overview Getting Started Learning Objectives Starting Your Business and the Business Plan International Registration Plan IRP International Fuel Tax Agreement IFTA Helpful links Module 3 Ontario Legislation and the National Safety Code Overview Ontario Legislation and the National Safety Code NSC Learning Objectives Important Acts and Regulations The National Safety Code NSC and Provincial Legislation Module 4 Commercial Vehicle Operators Registration Overview Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators Registration Learning Objectives Introduction CVOR Requirements CVOR Written Test CVOR Responsibilities CVOR Application Fee Schedule How the CVOR System Works Reporting CVOR Changes or Errors Current CVOR Registrants CVOR Abstracts Facility Audits Evaluating an Operator s Performance Violation Rates Carrier Safety Rating Appendix A CVOR Formula Appendix B Threshold Values Module 5 Ontario Specific Enforcement Issues Overview Ontario Specific Enforcement Issues Learning Objectives Commercial Vehicle Impoundment Program Appeal Process Mandatory Truck Speed Limiters Module 6 Facility Audit and Operator Monitoring and Intervention Overview Operator Monitoring Intervention and Facility Audit Learning Objectives Facility Audit Program How to Prepare for a Facility Audit Audit Procedure Documents That an Operator Must Provide to an Auditor Conducting a Self Audit a Step by Step Process Intervention and Consequences of Non Compliance Monitoring Progressive Intervention Appeals Appendix A Sample Calculation of the QR R and Hours of Service Profiles Module 7 Safety Programs Record Keeping and Driver Files Overview Safety

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks/programs/cvos/module-4-4.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • MTO 2010-2011 Accessibility - Introduction
    Overview Ontario Legislation and the National Safety Code NSC Learning Objectives Important Acts and Regulations The National Safety Code NSC and Provincial Legislation Module 4 Commercial Vehicle Operators Registration Overview Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators Registration Learning Objectives Introduction CVOR Requirements CVOR Written Test CVOR Responsibilities CVOR Application Fee Schedule How the CVOR System Works Reporting CVOR Changes or Errors Current CVOR Registrants CVOR Abstracts Facility Audits Evaluating an Operator s Performance Violation Rates Carrier Safety Rating Appendix A CVOR Formula Appendix B Threshold Values Module 5 Ontario Specific Enforcement Issues Overview Ontario Specific Enforcement Issues Learning Objectives Commercial Vehicle Impoundment Program Appeal Process Mandatory Truck Speed Limiters Module 6 Facility Audit and Operator Monitoring and Intervention Overview Operator Monitoring Intervention and Facility Audit Learning Objectives Facility Audit Program How to Prepare for a Facility Audit Audit Procedure Documents That an Operator Must Provide to an Auditor Conducting a Self Audit a Step by Step Process Intervention and Consequences of Non Compliance Monitoring Progressive Intervention Appeals Appendix A Sample Calculation of the QR R and Hours of Service Profiles Module 7 Safety Programs Record Keeping and Driver Files Overview Safety Programs Record Keeping and Driver Files Learning Objectives Safety Programs Due Diligence Components of a Safety Program Developing a Written Safety Program Components of a Comprehensive Safety Program Driver Files Driver Qualification File Incident Reporting Processes and Procedures Module 8 Preventive Maintenance Record Keeping and Vehicle Files Overview Preventive Maintenance Record Keeping and Vehicle Files Learning Objectives Truck Bus and Trailer Maintenance Daily Inspections Daily Inspection Schedules Daily Inspection Reports Submitting Daily Inspection Reports to the Operator Vehicle Defects Out of Province and U S Vehicles Periodic Motor Vehicle Inspections PMVI Vehicles That are Subject to Periodic Mandatory Inspections Use and Application of PMVI Stickers PMVI Record Keeping Other Vehicle Inspections Vehicle Record Keeping Appendices Appendix A Daily Inspection Schedules 1 to 6 Appendix B Sample Daily Inspection Schedules and Reports Appendix C Ontario Guidelines for Truck and Truck Tractor Appendix D Ontario Guidelines for Trailer Semi Trailer C Dolly and Converter Dolly Appendix E Ontario Guidelines for Bus Accessible Vehicle and School Purposes Vehicles Module 9 Hours of Service Overview Hours of Service Learning Objectives Hours of Service Regulations Basic Requirements Daily Limits Work Shift Limits Driving Cycles Limits Logbooks Electronic On Board Recording Device Possession of Logs and Supporting Documents Operator Responsibilities Reviewing Hours of Service Logs Corrective Action Enforcement and Penalties Appendix A Example of a Daily Log Book Record Module 10 Dangerous Goods Overview Dangerous Goods Learning Objectives Dangerous Goods Regulations What is a Dangerous Good Classes of Dangerous Goods Identification of Dangerous Goods and Communication of Hazards Safety Marks Accompanying Documentation Reporting Incidents Module 11 Vehicle Weights and Dimensions Overview Vehicle Weights and Dimensions Learning Objectives Ministry of Transportation Permits Exceptions to Permit Conditions Congested Traffic Safe Productive Infrastructure Friendly SPIF Vehicles More Information Module 12 Driver and Vehicle Licensing Overview Driver and Vehicle Licensing Learning Objectives Vehicle Registration Requirements Registered Gross Weight Vehicle Licence Plates

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks/programs/cvos/module-1-1.shtml (2014-08-11)
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  • Trucks Handbook
    official purposes please refer to the Ontario Highway Traffic Act and regulations the Dangerous Goods Act and Federal Motor Vehicle Transport Act For more information about driver licensing visit www mto gov on ca See the Official MTO Driver s Handbook for information on Ontario rules of the road To request a copy of this book in an alternate format contact Publications Ontario at 1 800 668 9938 or 416

    Original URL path: http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks/handbook/index.shtml (2014-08-11)
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