On January 1, 2015, without much fanfare, Ontario Regulation 199/07 was updated. This update tinkered with the rules for inspections to keep things inline with changes to the National Safety Code.
Most of the changes were to modify the wording related to buses. And some of the exemptions have changed slightly. However, changes were made to the daily pre trip inspection schedules which will have the biggest impact.
For those of you using Schedule 1, these changes are minor, but it is important that you are aware of them. You will need to get a copy of the schedule that is up to date until the schedules found inside the covers of log books and pre-trip books are updated.
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Some of the changes just add clarity, others add new defects and one moves a defect from the minor class to the major (emergency brakes).
Changes to the Schedules
Schedule 1, 2 and 3
- In the Cab category (Sch 1 only), the wording is changed to “any cab or sleeper door fails to close securely”
- In the Hydraulic Brake System category (Sch 1 and 2) and inoperative parking brake changes from a minor defect to a major one
- In the Suspension category wording is added to further define the term damaged with respect to the air bag defect – “(patched, cut, bruised, cracked to braid or deflated)“
- In the Tires category the leaking tire minor defect is modified to include only leaks that cannot be heard while a new major defect is added for tire leaks that can be heard or felt
- Schedule 3 title changes the words “MOTOR COACHES” to “INTER-CITY BUSES” to be consistent with the changes throughout the regulation
There are also modifications to Schedule 4, 5 and 6. If you need more detail on those changes, please contact us.