Carrier Safety Risk Analysis
With this process, we will have your CVOR level 2 abstract pulled which we will examine in detail. We can identify the carriers risk, if any, they may face such as a pending audit, interview or other ministry intervention. At this time we will also ensure that everything on your abstract is appropriate and legitimate. At times, unknowingly, a Police officer or MTO officer may inadvertently cause a negative affect on your company’s CVOR record. If any changes are required, let us hold the MTO and Policing agencies accountable as we will attempt to rectify the inaccuracy.
Facility Audit Preparation
Have you received notice of an impending audit or your violation rate has recently increased? At this stage, we can assist the carrier in preparing for an audit. This entails ensuring the carrier’s paperwork is in order, including driver and vehicle records, they are following and complying with all of the required laws and regulations in Ontario as well as following their maintenance schedule. If you feel you are in this situation, we can help!
Operator’s are required to apply for a CVOR, which now includes writing a written test. Although you may be a local carrier, you are still responsible to understand the same information as an international carrier, including International Fuel Tax Act, International Registration Plan etc. Let us help you with these requirements in order for you to be successful on the CVOR written test.
Carriers are also required to renew their CVOR certificate annually and keep the current and valid certificate in all of their CVOR vehicles they operate. There is some key information on these applications/renewals that can affect an operator’s violation rate. We can ensure all of this information is pertinent and accurate to how your company operates.
Hours of Service
Did you know many carriers in Ontario feel they are exempt from the Hours of Service Regulation because they are a local operator? This is a common myth and while carriers may be exempt from certain Hours of Service requirements, they are still, not only required to follow the regulation, but also have records indicating a driver’s on-duty/off-duty time. Let us ensure that your company is following the minimum requirements and that you don’t find out the hard way. If a carrier receives a score below 50 percent on the Hours of Service profile during a facility audit, the carrier fails the entire audit. This can cause a conditional safety rating which may affect your business operations and increase insurance costs.
There are some very serious implications for not following proper load security in Ontario. There are commodities that require specific tie-down methods, including proper tie-downs for certain applications. We can help ensure that your company has an excellent understanding on how to properly secure and tie-down your cargo. This not only can save you money by avoiding potential fines but also ensure that you are using tie-downs properly in order to extend their life span.
Weights and Dimensions
Ontario introduced a regulation under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) called: Vehicle Weights and Dimensions – For Safe, Productive and Infrastructure-Friendly Vehicles (SPIF). This regulation is likely one of the more confusing and difficult regulations in the HTA. Let our experts ensure you are properly complying with this regulation and identify SPIF vehicles in your fleet in order to maximize their payload and productivity. During this process we can create an Record of Allowable Gross Weight form, which many pits require and at this time we can ensure that your vehicles Registered Gross Weight is at the correct amount. Many carriers don’t realize that their vehicles have a very specific allowable weight which can save your company money. If the truck’s registered gross weight is under what the truck weighs, you and your driver may face potential fines. If your truck’s registered gross weight is too high, you are unnecessarily paying extra money annually, when you are not even legally able to run the truck at that weight.
Transportation of Dangerous Goods
If you transport or plan on Transporting Dangerous Goods, you may be aware of all of the very strict requirements you must follow. This is one of the more complex Acts in Canada and an operator must ensure they are following every aspect in order to transport these goods safely and legally. We will identify the goods you are shipping and ensure you are complying with proper loading and handling, correct shipping documents, ensure your driver’s have received proper training and are carrying a current training certificate, verify your trucks and packaging are properly identifying the dangerous goods product. Although the act may be daunting, transporting dangerous goods can be simple and straight forward. Let us help you understand the best course of action.
Vehicle and Equipment Training
We can provide a vehicle and equipment trainer who can train your driver’s on an individual or group basis. Training includes, but is not limited to, pre-trip inspection, driver training for trucks and other equipment, hours of service, proper yard safety when dealing with vehicles and rules of the road. Annual driver testing is not only strongly recommended by the MTO but it is great at ensuring your driver’s are competent and comfortable behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle while showing a company’s due diligence.