With regards to CVOR traffic tickets, owners and operators of commercial vehicles and their drivers are required to ensure that;
- The vehicle(s) being driven on Ontario highways are in a safe mechanical condition,
- The required documentation is in order and completed properly,
- The driver follows the rules of the road, and
- The vehicle is compliant with the Hours of Service regulations.
When a vehicle is stopped for an inspection and there is a mechanical, documentation or hours of service issue, the officer can charge the driver and/or the company.
In these cases, a CVOR traffic ticket will result in CVOR points being assigned to the carrier’s CVOR record which will increase the carrier’s violation rate. In cases where both the driver and carrier have been charged with essentially the same offence, the points for both charges will result in CVOR points being assigned to the carrier’s record.
The accumulation of CVOR traffic tickets can mean increased insurance premiums and may affect the safety rating of the company with the Ministry of Transport. For individual drivers, your driving record is paramount to your ability to work as a driver in Ontario. Drivers with demerit points and CVOR traffic tickets can be considered higher risk drivers and may have employment issues.
Commercial vehicle operators and drivers must always take an active role ensuring that should they receive violations, they are dealt with properly by a traffic ticket firm with knowledge and experience in CVOR’s and commercial vehicle operations.