TORONTO — Effective July 1, the definition of a roadbuilding machine is getting a whole new meaning.
It will mean a self-propelled vehicle of a design commonly used in the construction or maintenance of highways that: belongs to a class of vehicle prescribed in the regulations; has the features or equipment prescribed in the regulations; or is being used as prescribed in the regulations, states the Ontario Ministry of Transportation's website.
As of the same date, mobile equipment vehicles will no longer be considered roadbuilding machines and will be defined as commercial motor vehicles. This includes a mobile crane that is not built on a truck chassis but not an off-road mobile crane; an excavator that is not built on a truck chassis but not an off-road excavator; and a street sweeper that is not built on a truck chassis but not a low-speed street sweeper.
Vehicles constructed on a truck chassis and vehicles that comply with Canadian federal safety manufacturing standards for highway vehicles, or comparable standards from another jurisdiction, will also be defined as commercial motor vehicles and will no longer be considered roadbuilding machines.
Former roadbuilding machines that no longer meet the updated definition will be considered commercial motor vehicles and subject to a number of requirements including vehicle registration, motor vehicle insurance, licenced driver/appropriate class of driver's licence, a Commercial Vehicle Operator's Registration, hours of service and inspections, adds the release. In addition, these same vehicles may be subject to Fuel Tax, Gasoline Tax and Ontario Sales Tax.