• The NEW Vehicle Inspection Program

    Overview The ministry is proposing to modernize vehicle inspections by replacing the currentMotor Vehicle Inspection Station (MVIS) program with a contractual model. The VehicleInspection Program will transition to a multi-year contract between the ministry andservice stations/garages offering Emission Inspection Certificates, Safety StandardCertificates (SSC), Periodic Mandatory Commercial Vehicle Inspection (PMCVI)Certificates and Structural Inspection Certificates (SIC). Inspection results will becollected, and the certificate issued in a digital format, streamlining the process andproviding more robust safety inspection data.…

  • Brake Adjustment/Stroke

    S-Cam Type Air Brakes The first thing you need to know is what type of brake chamber and what type of slack adjuster you are working with. Automatic slack adjusters are required on vehicles manufactured on and after May 31, 1996.  The following picture is of a manual slack adjuster. Your probably not going to see to many of these but there still out there. This type of slack adjuster can be adjusted with a…

  • MTO-MVIS-Update-Dec-2019

    The Ontario government recently announced a number of proposed changes to take action on provincial commitments in the Made-In-Ontario Environment Plan to strengthen emission testing standards for heavy diesel commercial motor vehicles, clarify tampering laws and enable stronger on-road enforcement.

  • Personal-Use Pickup Trucks and Trailers

    Regulation 611 (Safety Inspections): Personal-Use Pickup Trucks and Trailers Effective July 1, 2019, pickup trucks and trailers for personal use are exempt from the requirement for an annual inspection (both the inspection and displaying the yellow decal/sticker). A pickup truck and any trailer drawn by the pickup truck qualify for the exemption provided the following criteria is met: The pickup truck and trailer are being used for personal use without compensation; AND The pickup truck…

  • Truck Wheel Separation

    From a Mechanics Perspective Over the years there have been many studies as to why wheels come off trucks. The National Transportation Safety Board in 1992, and Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation in the late 1990s, both concluded after exhaustive studies that inadequate maintenance was the root cause of a series of fatal wheel separation incidents. They also said between 2000 and 2003 83% of the reported incidents just had maintenance or repairs done on the…