CVOR / MTO Traffic Defence

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CVOR – Commercial Vehicle Operator/Driver Legal Representation

Legaleze Paralegal understands the importance of protecting your CVOR points and Safety Rating. Our agents are former drivers, supervisors and managers, trained in all aspects of Commercial Motor Vehicle Regulations. We’ve been there! We defend Carriers, Owner/Operators and Companies in all Compliance and Regulatory Violations. The importance of your Carrier Safety Rating can not be overstated, not only does it affect your insurance rates but it directly affects your business interests, reputation and bottom line.

We fight all Ministry of Transportation CVOR Offences including:

  • Overweight
  • Minor Defects
  • Major Defects
  • Critical Defects
  • Log book Violations
  • Permits
  • Unsafe Vehicle
  • Inspection Report
  • Load Security
  • Axles, Wheels and Tires
  • Accidents
  • Facility Audits

What is CVOR and how does it work?

  • The CVOR system and the Carrier Safety Rating program were developed as part of Ontario’s ongoing commitment to road safety.
  • These programs promote the safe operation of trucks and buses on Ontario’s roadways.
  • MTO monitors operators and assigns each operator a violation rate and safety rating based on several factors:
    • Collisions.
    • Inspections.
    • Convictions, as well as the results of facility audits.
  • The CVOR system monitors an operator’s on-road safety record over a two-year period. This automated computer system contains information that includes:
    • Operator information
    • Convictions
    • Reportable collisions
    • Safety inspections
    • Ministry interventions (for example, letters, interviews, audits and sanctions)

Commercial Vehicle Operators Registration
applies to Ontario operators of commercial motor vehicles that are:

  • Trucks, tractors or trailers, or a combination of these vehicles, that have a registered gross vehicle weight or actual weight of more than 4,500 kilograms. There are exceptions and are defined in regulation 419/15 of the Highway Traffic Act.
  • Includes commercial motor vehicles and the trailers they may tow.
  • Tow trucks, regardless or registered gross weight or actual weight
  • Buses with a manufactured seating capacity of 10 persons or more, excluding the driver
  • Accessible vehicles and school-purposes vehicles, depending upon use

Commercial Vehicle Operators, including all Tow Trucks are governed by and required to comply with the legislation and related regulations as follows:

  • Highway Traffic Act (Ontario)
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act (Canada)
  • Dangerous Goods Transportation Act
  • Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act
  • Public Vehicles Act
  • Fuel Tax Act

Commercial Vehicle Operators’ Registration (CVOR) Certificate

A Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration (CVOR) Certificate is issued when a carrier is registered in the Ministry of Transportation CVOR System as a carrier. A copy of the certificate must be carried in each commercial motor vehicle operated under that CVOR.

Commercial Vehicle Operators’ Registration (CVOR) System

Is the automated computer system that monitors the on-road performance of all carriers utilizing Ontario roadways.

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA)

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is an international organization comprised of Canada, the US, Mexico and Puerto Rico. This agreement provides uniform vehicle inspection criteria across North America.

Commercial Vehicle Inspection Report (CVIR)

Is an inspection report completed by an MTO enforcement officer or police officer of a complete mechanical inspection of a commercial vehicle (i.e. a Level 1 or Level 5 inspection). This inspection usually takes place on road, at a truck inspection station or at the carrier’s place of business. Safety defects, if any, are reported on this form. Violations resulting from these inspections are recorded on the abstracts below.

CVOR Abstract (Level I)

A one-page summary of a carrier’s performance over the previous 24-month period, accessible by the general public.

Carrier CVOR Abstract (Level II)

A detailed history of a carrier’s performance including a summary of performance over the previous 24-month period, accessible only by the carrier or an authorized agent of the carrier. Details of collisions, convictions and inspections over the previous five years are also included.

CVOR Driver Abstract

A summary of a driver’s performance in Ontario while operating commercial motor vehicles over the previous five-year period including moving and non-moving violations, collisions and inspections.

MTO Enforcement and Prosecution

The Ministry of Transportation has taken great strides in training it’s enforcement officers as well as police officers across the province. Gone are the days where a driver or unrepresented individual could go to court and challenge the officer’s evidence with a high degree of success. Further, most courts now have specialized prosecutors that only prosecute MTO violations.

CVOR and Safety Rating Defence

We cover this and all other Highway Traffic Act and Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act Offences. You need an experienced representative to level the playing field.  Protect your CVOR and Carrier Safety Rating by putting our knowledge and experience to work for you.

Call 1 (800) 657-9680

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