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The Ontario School Bus Association (OSBA) is a non-profit association providing advocacy and education services for the owners of school bus fleets, school boards/transportation consortia and supplier/manufacturer companies across Ontario.  
January 20, 2015 - Issue 2

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Inside this Edition:
  1. OSBA Efforts Successful - Toronto RFP Cancelled
  2. Amendments to Ontario Regulation 199/07 Daily Inspections - Effective January 1, 2015
  3. Semi-Annual (Orange) Inspection Sticker to be Eliminated by 2016
  4. Spaces Available For March 15-20 P.R.I.D.E. Program
  5. Upcoming Events
OSBA Efforts Successful - Toronto RFP Cancelled

The OSBA has worked very hard over the past two weeks to have the Toronto RFP for student transportation withdrawn.  Our members raised many concerns with the document at the January 6th, 2015 operators meeting hosted by the Toronto Student Transportation Group (TSTG).  With the assistance of Education Minister Liz Sandals, OSBA met with the Deputy Minister of Education, George Zegarac and Assistant Deputy Minister Gabe Sekaly on January 8th, 2015 and urged the Ministry to take action to direct transportation consortia to await the competitive procurement review the Government has initiated, headed by retired Justice Colin Campbell.

OSBA congratulates Toronto on its decision and we urge other consortia who have issued or are considering issuing RFP’s, to also await the Report of Mr. Campbell.  We look forward to continuing to work with government and all Consortia to achieve a better process that ensures student safety, fair wages for professional drivers and value for tax payers.

Amendments to Ontario Regulation 199/07 Daily Inspections - Effective January 1, 2015

MTO has announced a number of amendments to the Daily Vehicle Inspection Regulation (Reg. 199/07) which are effective January 1, 2015.  Changes have been made to the three schedules that affect buses, school purposes buses, and school purposes vehicles.  Most notable and significant to school bus operators is the change to the defect criteria pertaining to stop arms, stop arm lamps, and overhead alternating warning lights.  Since 2007, OSBA has asked government to amend the regulation to enable a school bus to continue to operate with a defective stop arm, stop arm lamp or overhead warning lamp provided the trip does not require their use, for example, deadheading the bus or when on a trip with passengers where no pickup or drop offs are conducted along a roadway where the stop arm and warning lights would be required.  At last, the regulation has been changed to make a stop arm, stop arm lamp and overhead warning lamp a “major defect” only when on a trip that require their use.  Otherwise, the defect can be marked as a “minor defect” and the bus can operate.  It should be noted that a defective stop arm, stop arm lamp or overhead warning lamp (as any other minor defect) must be recorded by the driver on the daily inspection report and reported to the bus company “forthwith” and defects must be repaired before the next dispatch.
 
Other changes to the schedules are included in the lists below.

Schedule 2 – Bus (other than a School Purpose Bus)

Parking Brake

  • The schedule has been amended so that an inoperative park brake is now a “major defect” (previously it was a “minor defect”)

Air Suspension – Air Bag Defect

  • The schedule has been amended to clarify when a damaged air bag is deemed a “major defect”.  The air bag is now deemed to have a “major defect” when it is patched, cut, bruised, cracked to braid, deflated or insecurely mounted

Tire Air Leak

  • The schedule has been amended so that a tire leak is now a “minor defect” when air leak cannot be heard, and a “major defect” when the air leak can be heard or felt


Schedule 5  - School Purpose Bus

School Bus Warning Lights and Stop Arm Defects

  • A stop arm or stop arm red light defect is now a “major defect” only when the bus is on a trip where the stop arm is required. Previously, it was a major defect at any time so the school bus couldn’t be driven even without passengers
  • An overhead alternating red warning light defect is now a “major defect” only when the bus is on a trip where the warning lights are required.  Previously, it was a major defect at any time so the school bus couldn’t be driven even without passengers

Air Suspension – Air Bag Defect

  • The schedule has been amended to clarify when a damaged air bag is deemed a “major defect”.  The air bag is now deemed to have a “major defect” when it is patched, cut, bruised, cracked to braid, deflated or insecurely mounted

Tire Air Leak

  • The schedule has been amended so that a tire leak is now a “minor defect” when air leak cannot be heard, and a “major defect” when the air leak can be heard or felt

Schedule 6 – School Purpose Vehicle (Van)

Air Suspension – Air Bag Defect

  • The schedule has been amended to clarify when a damaged air bag is deemed a “major defect”. The air bag is now deemed to have a “major defect” when it is patched, cut, bruised, cracked to braid, deflated or insecurely mounted

 Tire Air Leak

  • The schedule has been amended so that a tire leak is now a “minor defect” when air leak cannot be heard, and a “major defect” when the air leak can be heard or felt
Semi-Annual (Orange) Inspection Sticker to be Eliminated by 2016

MTO has informed OSBA that they want to eliminate the orange semi-annual sticker and instead use the yellow sticker for both the annual and semi-annual bus, school purpose vehicle and accessible vehicle inspection.  The MTO’s target date for a regulation change is January 1, 2016. Despite this change, the semi-annual (6-month) inspection will continue to exclude inspection of internal brake components. Brake inspection at the 6-month inspection will be limited to visually accessible components.  The advantage of this change is that MVIS stations will no longer have to stock two types of stickers.  A new yellow sticker will be applied after each inspection.  A disadvantage is that the yellow stickers cost $1.50 more (each) than the orange stickers ($2.50 each compared to $1.00 each for the orange sticker).

In anticipation of the regulation amendment going through, MTO announced January 6, 2015 that it will allow Class F (Fleet) MVIS Stations to begin using the yellow sticker instead of an orange sticker for the semi-annual inspection providing:

  • The MVIS Fleet station chooses the same option for the full 12-month period for all buses, accessible vehicles and school purposes vehicles in their fleet
  • Documented proof of internal brake inspection is on file confirming an inspection of internal components was done by an MVIS licensed mechanic within the preceding seven months as per the criteria in Section 3 of NSC Standard 11B and Regulation 611

MVIS stations can continue with the current yellow and orange sticker program at least until the end of 2015.

Spaces Available For March 15-20 P.R.I.D.E. Program

2015 P.R.I.D.E. Programs have begun, and there are a couple of spaces left for the March 15-20 program (during March Break). Spaces are filling up quickly, as registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Space can be temporarily reserved with a registration form or guaranteed with a registration form including payment.  The next program will be May 24-29.  The 2015 registration forms and information about the P.R.I.D.E. Program are available on the OSBA website at www.osba.on.ca/programs.

Upcoming Events
 
OSBA Webinar
Mar. 11, 2015

P.R.I.D.E. Program
Mar. 15-20, 2015


Ontario Transportation Expo (OTE)
Apr. 12-15, 2015
P.R.I.D.E. Program
May 24-29, 2015

OSBA Webinar
June 10, 2015
P.R.I.D.E. Program
July 12-17, 2015
P.R.I.D.E. Program
Aug. 9-14, 2015
P.R.I.D.E. Program

Oct. 18-23, 2015
OSBA Webinar
Oct. 21, 2015
OSBA Webinar
Dec. 2, 2015
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