CRAO members already know that the previous Liberal government introduced legislative amendments that had a negative financial impact on our businesses. These amendments altered prescribed vehicles, features and equipment that were historically included in the road-building machine [RBM] classification and re-identified the classes of vehicles that are not RBMs. In essence, Bill 173 reclassified RBMs as commercial motor vehicles [CMVs].
Throughout 2020 the association worked diligently with the Conservative Government and the Ministry of Transportation to ensure that any implemented legislation would support, and not hinder, our industry and members.
This legislation has been a key priority for the association’s President Jason Hanna along with the Board of Directors. Consistent lobbying of the Conservative Government combined with weekly meetings with the Ministry of Transportation have made the association’s position crystal clear.
As of January 1st, 2021, all truck mounted cranes and concrete pumps were to have the annual sticker applied to them (the same stickers as a Commercial Motor Vehicles), however, through continuous meetings and diligent pressure with the MTO, CRAO proved that they were asking for something that could not be done by the deadline. CRAO was able to extend the deadline to July 1, 2021.
As of July 1, 2021, all mobile cranes, concrete pumps, and all terrain cranes will be required to have a yellow certification sticker applied to the vehicle. The association is still diligently working with lawyers and lobbyists to still prove to MTO that what they are asking of our industry is next to impossible to achieve and not required. The cost impact to each company will be huge year after year for a vehicle that averages 20,000 kms annually.