March 15, 2015
The Commercial Vehicle Operators’ Safety Manual, prepared by the Ministry of Transportation, has every answer to questions from commercial truck operators.

The nearly 300-page online guide by The Carrier Safety and Enforcement Branch of the Ministry of Transportation will assist and ensure companies operate safely and are compliant with the regulations that govern highway use.

Ontario and other provinces, along with the the Government of Canada and the transportation industry, developed the rules and regulations to help reduce the number and severity of collisions. Each jurisdiction has used the National Safety Code standards as guides in drafting its own transportation safety legislation.

The guide 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.

According to MTO, the main reason for developing the guide was to help operators and drivers of commercial motor vehicles understand and comply with Ontario’s legislative requirements.

The guide is also much more than a safety document. It provides a study guide for new Commercial Vehicle Operators’ Registration (CVOR) written test, as well as sections to assist existing and future drivers, managers and operators of trucks understand legislation and safe operating procedures. The CVOR test must be completed prior to obtaining a CVOR certificate.

There are also resources and contact information in Ontario, Canada and the U.S., and recommendations to help operators develop, update and implement their safety and maintenance programs.

The guide also will help operators access the legislation and related regulations such as the Highway Traffic Act, Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act, Fuel Tax Act and more.
To view or print the guide, go to