Ontario to require pilot car certification
Effective July 1, 2018 all superload permit moves in Ontario, which previously required Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) escorts, will instead require newly certified pilot escorts through the Certified Superload Escort Program.
This is the first of its kind rule in North America in which a state or province replaces all previously required police escorts with newly certified private escorts.
SC&RA and several of its Canadian members collaborated with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) for over a year as they worked to implement the new rule. There will be a brief contingency period in which the OPP may fill in but it will be short term and will be ended once the MTO believes enough newly certified escorts are available. MTO officials estimate they’ll eventually need approximately over 300 newly certified escorts to handle the approximate 4,000 permit moves per year previously escorted by OPP. Officials expect most municipalities that currently require police escorts within their municipal limits will adopt the MTO’s new private escorts.
For more information, contact Steven Todd.