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Coach operator charged for no 'Chartered' sign

from OMCA

On the long weekend, an OMCA coach operator had one of their coaches inspected by an OPP officer in Wasaga, ON. The operator was issued a ticket for no "Chartered" sign on the front of the coach. This surprised us as we have not heard of an operator being charged with that offence in many years.

PV Act Reg 982 Section 10.
While operated on a chartered trip, a public vehicle shall have a sign marked "chartered" exposed on the front. O. Reg. 254/96, s. 8.

Nine years ago, OMCA wrote to the Ontario Minister of Transportation requesting that Regulation 982 under the Public Vehicles Act be amended to strike the requirement for the chartered sign as it no longer served any useful purpose. The Minister wrote back to us, agreeing with our suggestion and said MTO enforcement officers would be directed to cease laying charges for no chartered sign and that the regulation would be amended in time. Unfortunately, the regulation has still not been amended so the rule is still on the books, and MTO's enforcement directive only applies to MTO officers and does not bind the OPP or other police services. We'd like to hear from any operator who receives a ticket for no chartered sign. more

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