Ontario Abolishes Medical Waiver Program for Commercial Drivers PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ryan Gray   

The province's Ministry of Transportation announced that it has abolished the medical waiver provision established in 1981.

The waiver provision allowed commercial drivers who did not meet the medical standards found in HTA Regulation 340 to demonstrate through detailed medical reports and questionnaires that they met national medical standards and can drive safely. The Ontario School Bus Association reported that when national medical standards were met, the province waived the more onerous medical standards set out in regulation.

As of Jan. 1, commercial drivers’ medical reports continue to be assessed against the national medical standards but drivers no longer must apply for a waiver. The national standards, developed by the medical community and by licensing authorities across Canada, provide for consistency in decision making and for licensing reciprocity. These include"Determining Medical Fitness to Operate a Motor Vehicle" published by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and "Medical Standards for Drivers" established and published by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA).

OSBA said the assessment process will continue to provide drivers with an opportunity for further assessment by submitting additional medical information as evidence that he/she can drive safely. But superfluous paperwork such as questionnaires were eliminated as were, in some cases, annual follow up requirements.

Drivers retain the same right of appeal to the Licence Appeal Tribunal when a higher class of license is denied.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 January 2011 14:18