A CVOR traffic ticket is a serious issue for commercial motor vehicle drivers/trucking companies as it leads to an increase in insurance premiums and will affect the safety rating of the company with the Ministry of Transport.
Now let’s first understand what is CVOR – CVOR (Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration). It is the registration system for commercial trucks and bus operators in Ontario. The CVOR system monitors commercial carrier safety to improve road safety for all road users.

Who gets CVOR Traffic Tickets?

Owners and operators of commercial vehicles and their drivers get the CVOR tickets if they don’t follow the set guidelines like:
  • Vehicle(s) being driven on highways should be in safe mechanical condition.
  • The required documentation should be completed properly as per the guidelines.
  • A driver should follow the rules of the road.
  • The vehicle is compliant with the hours of service regulations.
When a vehicle is stopped for an inspection by the traffic ticket office and there is a mechanical, documentation or hours of service issue, the officer can charge the driver and/or the company with the CVOR Traffic Ticket which results in CVOR points being assigned to the carrier’s CVOR record.

Consequences of CVOR Tickets

  • Tickets issued under the CVOR system can affect truck drivers and the companies they work for, even when they are one and the same.
  • Based on the number of convictions, commercial drivers can face higher insurance rates and more difficulty in finding driving jobs.
  • Truck owners and transportation companies can be given a lower Safety Rating, which can, in turn, affect their Ministry of Transportation Licensing fees and insurance rates.

Penalties for CVOR Tickets

CVOR violations can be varied and carry a range of penalties. Generally speaking, CVOR tickets are assigned points that are added to your driving record, in a similar way as demerit points are assigned for many non-commercial traffic violations. As points are accumulated, the driver/company can suffer progressively increasing penalties.
  • Warning letters are issued to highlight that point accumulations may result in further intervention by the MTO
  • Early interventions can include facility audits; logbook examinations; driver qualifications; vehicle maintenance records; trip inspections; reported accidents
  • Failed facility audits can result in a conditional safety rating and other charges
  • Further safety issues may mean you must attend a show-cause hearing with the MTO to avoid MTO sanctions, which can range from fleet limitations and plate seizure to suspension, or cancellation of your operating privileges

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