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NEWS: MOBILE CRANES & CONCRETE PUMPS REGULATION 611, SECTION 85 HIGHWAY TRAFFIC ACT UPDATE
October 2, 2020
CRAO would like to draw your attention to the recent correspondence received on September 28th from Ms. Virginia McKimm, Director of The Ministry of Transportation.
Following many months of strenuous negotiations and meetings held with the MTO; your CRAO Board of Directors is pleased to notify you of the recent regulation changes applicable to both mobile cranes and concrete pumps, extending inspection requirements to July 1, 2021 when all mobile cranes and concrete pumps must display a valid annual inspection sticker.
When asked about the recently imposed MTO changes, CRAO President Jason Hanna stated “I am pleased to share with our members the hard work and efforts of our Board of Directors, Consultants and Technicians, who on behalf of you the members, lobbied the Provincial Government to amend the timeline of Regulation 611 (safety Inspection) from January 2020 to July 1, 2021”.
June 28, President Hanna and the Board of Directors delivered written communication directly to Premier Doug Ford and the Honorable Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. The CRAO stated that mobile cranes and concrete pumps would be forced into an unreasonable timeframe to comply with National Standards Act 11, Part B due to a lack of registered and licenced MVIS destinations. The industry is at high risk of being unable to meet these requirements and will be forced to halt operations and ground equipment for noncompliance resulting from unattainable and unrealistic MTO regulations.
“Within a day of sending our communication I was personally contacted by Premier Ford and shared with him directly the threat of Regulation 611, Section 85 and the Board’s concerns. Premier Ford said he would personally follow up with Minister Mulroney of the Ministry of Transportation on this matter and would address these concerns expediently.” said President Hanna.
July 31, President Hanna received written communication from Minister Caroline Mulroney thanking him for reaching out to the Premier’s office about the board’s concerns with the MTO.
“I have directed MTO to work with your industry to outline and commit to expedited timelines, especially around providing certainty on the matter of future inspections and cost structure. MTO has been directed to develop options for a flexible and reasonable approach for future inspections and to consider priorities raised by CRAO, including cost structures for inspections, to provide that certainty to your industry as soon as possible. MTO is committed to working with the industry to address the concerns you have raised and we are confident that with the additional time this can be accomplished while keeping the status as CMVs and maintain the safety and oversight requirements. We greatly appreciate your commitment to a successful inspection regime. Please be assured that MTO will work diligently with you to achieve this.” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation.
When asked of the recent changes and amendment President Hanna stated “I am immensely proud of the dedication and hard work demonstrated over these last few months from the Board of Directors, our Consultants and Technicians. I look forward to collaboratively working with everyone while we work through Regulation 611 and I am confident we will rise above the challenge forced upon us as an industry.”
Questions about these changes may be directed to the Carrier Program Development Office, Susan Dolenec, Team Lead at firstname.lastname@example.org. The ministry website has also been updated to reflect the change: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/900611
CRAO Donates to Toy Mountain 2020
|The association is proud to once again support Toy Mountain this year with a $2,250 donation. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, CRAO did not host its annual Christmas Dinner from which proceeds support Toy Mountain, however, the Board of Directors decided to donate directly to this worthy cause.
CRAO donates over 200 toys to Toy Mountain. Thank you to those who attended the association’s 2019 Christmas party which helped raise funds for Toy Mountain.