New Rules for Pickup Trucks and Trailers in Ontario! (2023)

There are, however, personal-use exemptions if the following conditions are met:

• Pickup truck has a GVWR of 6,500 kg or less; AND

• Pickup truck is fitted with the original, unmodified box that was installed by the manufacturer or an unmodified replacement box that duplicates the one originally installed by the manufacturer; AND

• The pickup truck and trailer are being used for personal use without compensation; AND

• Neither the pickup truck nor the trailer is carrying commercial tools or cargo, or equipment of a type normally used for commercial purposes.

If all these conditions are met, neither the pickup truck nor the trailer require annual inspections/yellow stickers.

Question 2: My pickup truck has a manufacturer’s GVWR greater than 6,500 kg – can I still claim the personal-use exemption?

Answer: No.

The personal-use exemption ONLY applies for pickup trucks with a GVWR of 6,500 kg or LESS.

Question 3: I have modified my pickup truck and removed the original box provided by the manufacturer (e.g. replaced the box with a flat deck) – can I still claim the personal-use exemption?

Answer: No.

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Only pickup trucks with a GVWR of 6,500 kg or less AND fitted with the original unmodified box that was installed by the manufacturer or an unmodified replacement box that duplicates the one originally installed by the manufacturer, (provided it is not carrying commercial tools or cargo or equipment of a type normally used for commercial purposes) qualify for the exemption.

Question 4. Is equipment mounted inside the bed of the pickup truck (e.g. fifth-wheel, goose neck hitch; auxiliary fuel tanks, sliding deck etc.) considered a modification preventing me from being able to claim the personal-use exemption?

Answer: No.

Equipment mounted inside the original box that was installed by the manufacturer or a replacement box that duplicates the one originally installed by the manufacturer is not considered a modification that would prevent you from claiming the personal-use exemption – provided all other conditions are met (i.e.: personal use, GVWR 6,500 kg or less, not carrying commercial tools or cargo or equipment of a type normally used for commercial purposes in either the truck or the trailer).

Question 5: I use my pickup truck for commercial purposes sometimes (e.g. during the week) and then I use it for personal use on the weekends to tow my trailer (e.g. boat, 4-wheeler etc.) – does it require an annual inspection/ yellow sticker?

Answer: While the pickup truck is being used for commercial purposes, if it meets any of the following criteria, it requires an annual inspection/ yellow sticker:

• Registered gross weight of the pickup truck exceeds 4,500 kg.

• Gross (actual) weight of the pickup truck or truck/trailer combination empty or loaded exceeds 4,500 kg.

• GVWR of the pickup truck or combined GVWR of truck and trailer exceeds 4,500 kg.

If a motor carrier uses that same pickup truck to tow your personal-use trailer on the weekend, the pickup truck will display the annual inspection sticker – but the trailer will be exempt – provided neither the pickup truck nor the trailer is carrying commercial tools or cargo or equipment of a type normally used for commercial purposes and the other exemption criteria is met (i.e. pickup truck original or replacement box, GVWR of the pickup truck is 6,500 kg or less).

Question 6: In what circumstance, if any, is a pick-up truck is exempt from the requirements to have a valid CVOR certificate?

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Answer: A pick-up truck is exempt from the requirements to have a valid CVOR certificate if it is:

a) Being used for personal purposes without compensation; and

b) Not carrying, or towing a trailer that is carrying, commercial cargo or tools or equipment of a type normally used for commercial purposes.

Only pickup trucks with a GVWR of 6,500 kg or less AND fitted with the original unmodified box that was installed by the manufacturer or an unmodified replacement box that duplicates the one originally installed by the manufacturer, (provided it is not carrying commercial tools or cargo or equipment of a type normally used for commercial purposes) qualify for the CVOR exemption.

Question 7: In what circumstance, if any, is a pick-up truck driver exempt from the requirements to complete a vehicle inspection?

Answer: A driver of a pick-up truck is exempt from the requirements to complete a vehicle inspection if it is:

a) Being used for personal purposes without compensation; and

b) Not carrying, or towing a trailer that is carrying, commercial cargo or tools or equipment of a type normally used for commercial purposes.

Only pickup trucks with a GVWR of 6,500 kg or less AND fitted with the original unmodified box that was installed by the manufacturer or an unmodified replacement box that duplicates the one originally installed by the manufacturer, (provided it is not carrying commercial tools or cargo or equipment of a type normally used for commercial purposes) qualify for the CVOR exemption.

Question 8: In what circumstance, if any, is a pick-up truck driver exempt from the requirements to complete a daily log?

Answer: A driver of a pickup truck is exempt from the requirements to complete a daily log if it is:

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a) Being used for personal purposes without compensation; and

b) Not carrying, or towing a trailer that is carrying, commercial cargo or tools or equipment of a type normally used for commercial purposes.

Only pickup trucks with a GVWR of 6,500 kg or less AND fitted with the original unmodified box that was installed by the manufacturer or an unmodified replacement box that duplicates the one originally installed by the manufacturer, (provided it is not carrying commercial tools or cargo or equipment of a type normally used for commercial purposes) qualify for the CVOR exemption.

Question 9: What are the Drivers’ License requirements for the driver of a pick-up truck in specific instances?

Answer:
The driver of the pickup truck that has a GVWR of 6,500 kg or less AND fitted with the original unmodified box that was installed by the manufacturer or an unmodified replacement box that duplicates the one originally installed by the manufacturer, (provided it is not carrying commercial tools or cargo or equipment of a type normally used for commercial purposes) would continue to legally operate under a Class G license if:

a) The total gross weight of the house trailer does not exceed 4,600 kilograms.

b) The combination of pick-up truck and house trailer is being driven and used for personal purposes without compensation.

c) The combination of the pick-up truck and the house trailer,

i. has a fifth wheel assembly that attaches the house trailer to the pick-up truck, and

ii. complies with the applicable load, dimensional and weight limits under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act Part VIII of the Act and the regulations made under those parts.

d) The pickup truck has no more than two axles.

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e) Neither the pickup truck nor the house trailer is equipped with air brakes.

f) The house trailer must bear

i. a compliance label as required under the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Canada) and, either on the compliance label or on a label applied to the vehicle beside the compliance label, the national safety mark required under those regulations,

ii. a compliance label containing a statement that complies with subsection 6 (2) of the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Canada), confirming that the vehicle conformed to all applicable standards under those regulations that were in effect when the vehicle was manufactured,

iii. a Canadian Statement of Compliance (SOC) label issued by the Canadian Registrar of Imported Vehicles, or

iv. a vehicle licence plate issued by a state in the United States and a label indicating that the house trailer was manufactured in compliance with federal vehicle safety standards applicable at that time in the United States.
g) The house trailer bears a label indicating that it was manufactured to Canadian Standards Association Standard Z240 RV or to United States Recreation Vehicle Industry Association standard NFPA 1192 or ANSI A119.2.

h) The house trailer

i. is not owned or leased by an employer to house the employer’s employee, and

ii. is not carrying commercial cargo or tools or equipment of a type normally used for commercial purposes.

i) Less than one-half of the floor space of the house trailer is occupied by animals, non-commercial tools, non-commercial equipment, vehicles or a combination of them.

FAQs

Are pickup trucks considered commercial vehicles in Ontario? ›

In Ontario, What is a Commercial Motor Vehicle? According to the MTO, a commercial motor vehicle is a vehicle plated in Ontario, Mexico, or the U.S. such as: trucks with a gross weight or registered gross weight over 4,500 kg.

Can you pull 2 trailers in Ontario? ›

Oversize permits are available at some ServiceOntario centres. It is against the law to tow more than one trailer behind non-commercial vehicles.

Do pickups with trailers have to stop at weigh stations? ›

Yes, all trucks, with the exception of pickup trucks hauling recreational trailers that exceed 1 ton, must stop at a weight inspection station for weighing.

How much weight can I tow with my truck in Ontario? ›

In Ontario, a class G licence allows you to tow up to 4,600 kg. It also lets you have a combined weight (your truck plus your trailer) of up to 11,000 kg. To tow more than 4,600 kg, you'll need to upgrade to a class A licence.

Do all pickup trucks have commercial plates in Ontario? ›

Although the Highway Traffic Act considers all pickup trucks to be commercial motor vehicles, a pickup truck used for commercial purposes (not personal use) only needs a Commercial Vehicle Operator's Registration (CVOR) certificate if it has an actual or registered gross weight (RGW) of more than 4,500 kg.

Can you ride in the back of a pickup truck in Ontario? ›

In Canadian provinces such as Ontario and Alberta, it is illegal to have passengers ride in the back of a pickup truck. In these provinces, it has been deemed that since pickup truck beds do not have proper passenger seating (or seat belts), they are off-limits for passengers.

Is it illegal to leave a trailer hitch on in Ontario? ›

Yes it is illegal.

Do I have to stop at weigh stations with a trailer in Canada? ›

Will I Have to Stop at Weigh Stations in Canada. Canada's traffic laws are different from those in the United States. According to their national regulations, RVs should pull over and submit for an inspection at an officer's discretion. During this inspection, they may also direct you to a weigh station.

Can I pull a boat behind my 5th wheel in Ontario? ›

When you're towing a trailer and boat, or any other big rig, such as a fifth wheel camper, this counts as a separate vehicle and needs to be registered, paid for, and have its own license plate. After all, once you've got a trailer behind you it's very difficult for people to see your automobile's license plate.

What trucks have to stop at weigh stations in Ontario? ›

As per the highway traffic act in Ontario, any commercial truck that weighs more than 4,500 kg in gross weight must stop at a weigh station. Any truck that exceeds the above-mentioned gross weight limit requires a Commercial Vehicle Operator's Registration (CVOR) to be able to operate the vehicle.

What size trucks have to stop at weigh stations? ›

Generally, any commercial vehicle that exceeds a GVW (gross vehicle weight) of 10,000 pounds needs to stop at a weigh station. For reference, the average GVW for a 10-foot truck rental is around 8,600 pounds, while a 26-foot truck will be around 26,000 pounds.

Why do some trucks stop at weigh stations and others don t? ›

Why do some trucks not stop at weigh stations? If the truck driver has a PrePass that allows them to bypass weigh stations, they won't need to stop. In addition, commercial and non-commercial vehicles that weigh less than 10,000 lbs. likely won't need to stop at a weigh station.

How much weight can you pull without trailer brakes Ontario? ›

Gross trailer weight of 1,400 kg (3,080 Ibs) or less – Brakes are required if the trailer and its load weigh more than 50% of the licensed weight of the vehicle towing it.

How much weight can you pull without trailer brakes Canada? ›

(7) Brakes and coordinated brake control are not required on a towed motor vehicle that has a laden gross vehicle weight less than 2 000 kg and that is less than 40% of the gross vehicle weight rating of a motor home towing it via a tow bar.

How do you determine if your truck can pull a trailer? ›

You can find your truck's towing capacity in the owner's manual or calculate it on your own. To find your truck's towing capacity, subtract your truck's curb weight from its Gross Combined Vehicle Weight Rating (GCVWR). The GCVWR is the maximum weight of your loaded truck and the weight of its attached trailer.

How far can lumber hang out of truck Ontario? ›

Permit is issued for the movement of overlength however:

The load must not be made up of articles loaded or mounted one behind the other that will create additional length, and any overhang to the rear must not exceed 4.65 m from the centre of the rearmost axle.

Where do you put stickers on a pickup truck? ›

The back of the vehicle is as close to the average sightline of other drivers and pedestrians, so tailgate is going to be the optimum location for truck decals. The top of the back window is also a place where the most eyeballs are apt. When a vehicle is parked, passed, followed, stopped at a light, etc.

Are pickup trucks classed as commercial vehicles? ›

Lorries, vans, tractors, pickup trucks, and “car-derived vans” are all considered commercial vehicles.

Is it illegal to drive with tailgate down in Ontario? ›

In Ontario, there's no law specifically against driving with your tailgate down, trunk open or SUV hatch up, as long as you've properly secured any loads.

How much overhang can you have on a trailer Ontario? ›

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Ref.FeatureDimensional Limit
(8)Length of trailerNot controlled
(8)Length of trailer and load (excluding the drawbar)Max. 12.5m
(11)Wheelbase:Min. 6.25m
(12)Effective Rear Overhang (including load)Max. 4.0m
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Can you have people in the back of a pickup truck? ›

No Texas law forbids adults from riding in the back of a pickup truck. However, it's not uncommon to see farmers and ranchers moving their workers from place to place in the back of a pickup truck. It's definitely not a safe choice for motor vehicle passengers.

Can you leave your trailer hitch on your truck? ›

The answer is no. Having a ball hitch in the receiver hitch of your SUV or truck, even if you are not hauling a trailer out of a ditch during that time, is not illegal. Additionally, it is not illegal to have more than one ball hitch on your bumper.

Do trailer plates stay with the trailer in Ontario? ›

You need a bill of sale showing serial number and price you paid for the trailer. The licence office charges you the GST on that amount. Then you will be sold a licence plate which you will keep forever. If you sell the trailer again, then you keep the plate, and it can be transferred to another trailer.

Can you ride in a travel trailer in Ontario? ›

Ontario: Riders allowed in pickup campers only. Quebec: Riders allowed in pickup campers only, as long as the camper has seat belts. New Brunswick: Riders allowed in pickup campers only. Nova Scotia: Riders allowed in pickup campers only, as long as the camper has seat belts.

Do campers need to pull into weigh stations? ›

The most common question RV owners have in regards to weigh stations is whether or not they are required to stop at them or not. In almost every case, the answer is no. To begin with, if your Gross Combined Weight Rating (GCWR) is less than 10,000 pounds, there is no reason to stop at a weigh station.

What is considered a light duty truck in Ontario? ›

Class 1-3 trucks are considered light duty.

Can I weigh my trailer at a weigh station? ›

Some places you can weigh your trailer are: CAT scales and other weigh stations. Truck stops. Locations listed on some RVer websites.

How long can my truck and trailer be? ›

California Legal: The California Vehicle Code (CVC) Section 35401(a)states that no combination of vehicles may exceed a length of 65 feet.

Is Triple towing legal in Canada? ›

Triple hookups are fine in Manitoba, but cross into Ontario and you are now towing illegally. Probably the best thing we have done for owners who tow is that most provinces (but not all) have signed agreements of reciprocity with most American states. This is for licensing only.

Can you tow ball to ball in Ontario? ›

Some places require the first vehicle to be a fifth wheel type hitch and the second can be something else, commonly a ball. This is not true in all states and provinces that allow more than one vehicle being towed. Ontario, for example, does allow two ball hitches trailers! Crazy as it seems it is perfectly legal here.

What happens if your truck is over weight? ›

An overweight truck can pose a significant risk on the road. Overweight trucks are much slower to accelerate, which means that devastating accidents can happen if motorists unexpectedly come upon a slow-moving truck. Overweight trucks have a much harder time coming to a stop, especially when they are driving downhill.

What happens if your trailer is overweight? ›

Dangers Of Traveling With An Overweight Trailer

Overweight trailers put more pressure on the wheels and axles than they are designed to handle, which can cause tire blowouts or trailer sway. Excess weight causes tires to wear more quickly and makes it harder to stop the vehicle.

Are mandatory safety checks coming to Ontario? ›

The DriveON program started on July 1, 2022 with facilities that previously tested emissions only and will be followed by motor vehicle inspection stations later this year. Existing motor vehicle safety inspections stations will be contacted to explain the transition process, beginning in Summer 2022.

How do you bypass a weigh station? ›

MOTION™ works with the transponder to provide the most effective means of bypassing at each weigh station. Drivewyze PreClear lets drivers bypass scales right from their smartphone, tablet, or telematics/ELD device. For more information, call 1-888-988-1590 or visit the Drivewyze website.

Is there an app to avoid weigh stations? ›

Drivewyze. Drivewyze truckers to bypass weigh stations. The app detects the weigh station locations, and then the app sends a bypass request. Drivewyze then informs the driver if they can avoid the station or need to pull in when they are one mile away from the station.

Do bobtail trucks have to stop at weigh stations? ›

When you get near the scales, the signs tell you that states requirments (usually boils down to weight). If your bobtail weighs less that what's posted on the sign, you don't have to scale, unless the sign also says something like "all trucks must weigh". Your best bet would be to stop and scale, just in case.

How do you bypass a truck scale? ›

Drivewyze is the nation's largest service that allows drivers to bypass a weigh station. The system works with fixed stations and mobile inspection sites using a smartphone or tablet. Drivers mount their device in the cab so they can easily and safely see the Drivewyze instructions.

What is an AVI truck? ›

AVI: Hands-Free Vehicle Access Control

The principal goal of automatic vehicle identification (AVI) is to increase safety, security and oversight, while preserving the comfort and convenience of hands-free access for drivers entering or exiting a facility or parking area.

What's better PrePass or drivewyze? ›

Drivewyze provides only a weigh station bypass app and driver safety alert notifications on mobile devices and telematics platforms. PrePass offers similar products, and, in addition provides a full service suite of integrated and value-add strategic solutions: PrePass bypass app and driver safety alert notifications.

How much weight can I tow with my truck in Ontario? ›

In Ontario, a class G licence allows you to tow up to 4,600 kg. It also lets you have a combined weight (your truck plus your trailer) of up to 11,000 kg. To tow more than 4,600 kg, you'll need to upgrade to a class A licence.

Can you pull 2 trailers in Ontario? ›

Oversize permits are available at some ServiceOntario centres. It is against the law to tow more than one trailer behind non-commercial vehicles.

Are pickup trucks considered commercial vehicles in Ontario? ›

In Ontario, What is a Commercial Motor Vehicle? According to the MTO, a commercial motor vehicle is a vehicle plated in Ontario, Mexico, or the U.S. such as: trucks with a gross weight or registered gross weight over 4,500 kg.

Can you pull a trailer without lights? ›

Trailer Lights

Trailers in California are required to have reflectors, tail, brake, and license plate lights. Signal lights are also required if the tow vehicle's lights are hidden. Trailers over 80 inches wide must have clearance lights.

Do you need a breakaway cable on my trailer? ›

A breakaway system is an essential component for trailers. It's designed to bring your trailer to a stop if it gets disconnected from your vehicle. This type of setup is essential for safe driving when you're hauling a trailer around.

Does a trailer need a safety certificate in Ontario? ›

Vehicles that require an annual safety inspection (valid for 12 months) include: most trucks, trailers and converter dollies, alone or in combination, with a total gross weight, registered gross weight or manufacturer's gross vehicle weight rating of more than 4,500 kg .

Can I pull a 14000 lb trailer? ›

between 10,001 and 15,000 pounds may be legally operated with a Class C DL with an “endorsement” (California Department of Motor Vehicles DL restriction code 41) for fifth-wheel travel (recreational) trailers (Section 12804.9[b][3][F][ii] CVC), a restricted Class A DL (Section 12804.12 CVC), or a Class A CDL (Section ...

How do you calculate the GVWR of a truck and trailer? ›

Tare Weight + Rated Payload = GVWR.

Can you max out payload and towing capacity? ›

Also, the payload and max tow capacity are related to each other. You can't load the truck up to Max payload and then hook up a trailer. The trailer tongue weight counts against your payload.

Are pickup trucks classed as commercial vehicles? ›

Lorries, vans, tractors, pickup trucks, and “car-derived vans” are all considered commercial vehicles.

Is a pickup truck commercial? ›

Is a pickup truck a commercial vehicle? A pickup truck can be considered a commercial vehicle even though it is not a traditional semi-truck or big-rig truck under certain circumstances such as if its weight – including a trailer – exceeds 10,000 or 26,000 pounds.

Is a Ram 1500 considered a commercial vehicle? ›

The current lineup of Ram commercial vehicles includes: Ram 1500 Trucks. Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Trucks.

Is a Ford Ranger considered a commercial vehicle? ›

This includes the Chevy Colorado, Ford Ranger, Nissan Frontier, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra 1500, Ford F-150, Nissan Titan, and the Ram 1500. These are considered the standard for trucks and can be owed commercially or for everyday use.

Is a double cab pickup a commercial vehicle? ›

First, pick your pick-up…

To take advantage of the HMRC tax rules for double-cab pick-ups, you need to choose a pick-up with a payload of at least one tonne. That's the benchmark figure the HMRC has decreed any double-cab must meet in order to be classified as a Light Commercial Vehicle.

Are pickup trucks tax exempt? ›

For the most part, pickup trucks are taxed at the same flat rates as vans.

Are pickup trucks tax deductible? ›

It pays to learn the nuances of mileage deductions, buying versus leasing and depreciation of vehicles. Special rules for business vehicles can deliver healthy tax savings. The cost of operating cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks that are used for business activities typically are deductible.

Is a half ton truck considered a commercial vehicle? ›

If a truck weighs more than 10,000 lbs. (i.e. 10,001 lbs. or more), it may be considered a commercial vehicle. Most Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations apply to vehicles with a GVWR greater than 10,000 lbs. While drivers of vehicles that weigh more than 10,000 lbs.

Is a Dodge Ram 2500 a commercial vehicle? ›

The 2022 Ram 2500 is a work truck that boasts a maximum payload of 4,010 pounds and a Best-in-Class standard 410 gas horsepower 2 when equipped with the 6.4L HEMI® V8 engine.

What makes a pick up a commercial vehicle? ›

The regulations define a "commercial motor vehicle" as any self-propelled or towed vehicle used on a public highway in interstate commerce to transport passengers or property when the vehicle: (1) has a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more; (2) is designed to transport more than 15 passengers, including ...

What are the 3 main classifications for trucks? ›

The three main classifications for road truck by weight are light trucks, medium trucks, and heavy trucks.

What is considered a light duty truck in Ontario? ›

Class 1-3 trucks are considered light duty.

What is the difference between pickup and truck? ›

Trucks are the most common utility vehicles ideally used to tow or haul different kinds of materials or cargo from one place to another. On the other hand, a pickup is a type of small truck with a separate cab and an open box that is used to carry things.

Why is my pick up classed as a van? ›

Thus for a vehicle to be classed as a van it must have a purpose other than for carrying passengers. It should therefore have a significant load bay to carry goods such that the carrying of passengers can no longer be the main purpose. A car boot will not count.

Is a Ford f350 considered a commercial vehicle? ›

Under most circumstances, the Ford F-350 is not considered a commercial vehicle. However, if you are using this truck for business, it might be legally considered commercially used.

What is considered a light-duty trailer? ›

Light-duty tow trucks typically weigh between 8,500 and 10,000 lbs., and are capable of handling small-to-medium-sized towing jobs such as private vehicle towing, accident recovery, traffic collisions, and towing abandoned vehicles.

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