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Inspection Stations, ON

 

Ministry of Transportation
For a list of Structural Inspection Stations in your area please click here

Ontario's New Mandatory Vehicle Branding starts Monday March 31st, 2003

NOTE: New MTO branding info telephone number 1-800-387-7736

Shop and insurer information is available below.

Introduction to Mandatory Branding

MTO Summary of Branding Program (Adobe Acrobat format)

IBC Insurers Guide to Branding Program (Adobe Acrobat format)

Frequently Asked Questions

Special information for shops on members only page

List of Structural Inspection Stations (by Municipality March 2002)

List of Structural Inspection Stations (by district March 2003)

The Rebuilding File (Adobe Acrobat format)

Rebuilt and Re-assembled vehicle inspection exceptions

How to become a Structural Inspection Station

Equivalency charts for vehicle branding from Canadian and U.S. jurisdictions

Notification of vehicle branding form (Adobe Acrobat format)

Basic Estimating Training


Notification of Vehicle Brand

Form (Adobe Acrobat format)

Guides:

1. Individuals or companies who own or lease 9 vehicles or less
2. Insurance companies/self-insurers
3. Importers/salvagers/auctioneers or anyone who buys, sells, wrecks or otherwise deals
in second hand motor vehicles

Advanced Structural Damage Assessment Training

A training program for technicians and appraisers to assist them in identifying and assessing damaged structural components is planned at Mohawk College. No date has been announced. If you, staff at your company or appraisers are intersted in knowing more about this course as it is
available, please let us know who you are so that we can contact you by e-mailing us at info@ciia.com

NEW Information sessions availability

 


ONTARIO'S NEW MANDATORY VEHICLE BRANDING STARTS

March 31, 2003

Ontario's Ministry of Transportation's new mandatory vehicle branding and inspection of salvage vehicles started at 12:01 am this morning.

The new program which now takes over from the previous voluntary program included nine public information evenings to update industry participants and interested public. There are significant changes in the new program particularly in areas such as brand assignment, re-assembled vehicles, imported branded vehicles and changes in the inspection process and handling of the completed forms.

The complete information package is available at:

www.ciia.com/mandatorybranding.html

As of March 31, 2003, this new mandatory vehicle branding program will require insurers and others (including self-insurers, auctioneers, importers, salvagers and individuals) to assign "brands" to vehicles that are written off. These brands are printed on vehicle registration documents, including vehicle permits, vehicle histories and the Used Vehicle Information Package, which must be provided to prospective buyers by anyone who sells a vehicle privately. The brands are:

"Irreparable" - a vehicle that can be used for parts or scrap only. This vehicle can never be driven in Ontario.

"Salvage" - a vehicle that can be repaired and is subject to inspection criteria approval.

"Rebuilt" - a vehicle that has been previously branded as "salvage" but has been rebuilt and inspected in accordance with regulatory criteria.

"None" - has not had a brand applied to it in Ontario. This does not mean the vehicle was never given a brand in another jurisdiction, or that it has not been rebuilt in Ontario prior to the mandatory branding program.

For further information on more evening branding information sessions or training classes for technicians and appraisers on estimating and structural assessment, please call 1-800-318-DENT(3368) or e-mail ciag@ciia.com

 

OUTSIDE OF ONTARIO "REBUILT" VEHICLES

If a vehicle is to be inspected is registered in any state of the United States or any Canadian jurisdiction outside of Ontario, is banded "REBUILT" or an equivalent to "REBUILT", this vehicle will become "SALVAGE" in Ontario. For structural inspection purposes, the following documents need not be supplied:

1) Colour photographs taken before the rebuilding showing all sides of the vehicle

2) Insurance company estimate of repairs

3) A statement of total loss from insurer or other

4) Address of rebuilder

5) Bill of sale

Note:The requirement that all welds be free of undercoating is waived

Successful completion of the structural inspection will permit the vehicle to be branded as "REBUILT" in Ontario
The vehicle will still require successful completion of an inspection for purposes of a Safety Standards Certificate and for a Drive Clean emissions certificate as applicable, before license plates can be issued.


"REASSEMBLED" VEHICLES

If the vehicle to be inspected is a "REASSEMBLED" vehicle, the following need not be provided:

1) Insurance company estimate of repairs

2) Total loss statement from insurer or other

3) Photographs of the vehicle prior to re-assembly if the Director receives photos in sufficient numbers to display all of the manor components used in the re-assembly of the vehicle.

Note: Inspection of REASSEMBLED vehicles is only for full frame vehicles.

Successful completion of the structural inspection
will permit the vehicle to be branded as "REBUILT" with a pink/purple colored registration permit. The vehicle will still require successful completion of an inspection for purposes of a Safety Standards Certificate and for a Drive Clean emissions certificate as applicable, before license plates can be issued.

 

 

ANOTHER EVENING INFORMATION SESSION ANNOUNCED (TORONTO)

MANDATORY VEHICLE BRANDING and INSPECTION OF REBUILT VEHICLES

Ontario will be introducing a mandatory vehicle branding program aimed at countering motor vehicle fraud and theft and protecting consumers in the used vehicle market. This road safety program is designed to identify severely damaged vehicles that have been classified as a total loss and subsequently branded as a result of collision, impact, fire, flood, or theft.

The mandatory vehicle branding program contains significant modifications from the current voluntary program, including major changes in the vehicle inspection program for rebuilt "salvage" branded vehicles. Some of these changes relate to "reassembled vehicles", vehicles being imported to Ontario, more specific requirements in brand assignment, who is required to brand and enhanced structural requirements for both vehicle branding and
inspection.

If you are involved in the possession, sales, handling, repair, inspection, documentation or appraisal of severely damaged vehicles, it is strongly recommended that you attend a free information session to become fully informed of the program changes. Significant penalties under the Highway Traffic Act may be imposed for failure to comply with the enhanced
legislative and regulatory requirements.

To find out about the new standards and requirements for this program, including how to brand a vehicle and become a licensed inspection facility, sessions were offered across Ontario with a new session now announced for Toronto.

A FREE INFORMATION SESSION WILL BE HELD FROM 6:30 PM TO 9:30 PM AT :

TRAVELODGE HOTEL YORKDALE, (FORMERLY TRIUMPH/HOWARD JOHNSONS), 2737 KEELE
STREET TORONTO
(at Hwy. #401)

THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2003

For additional information, please call 1-800-318-3368.

The Collision Industry Action Group is presenting this information sessionin co-operation with the Ontario Government and the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

(see headlines)


February 4, 2003

TO: All Stolen and Salvage Vehicle Project Stakeholder Group Members

RE: Implementation Status of Mandatory Vehicle Branding Program
____________________________________________________________________

On November 4, 2002, a letter was sent to all Stolen and Salvage Vehicle Project Stakeholder Group Members from the Honourable Norman Sterling, advising that implementation of the mandatory vehicle branding program was expected in January 2003, once the required regulations were in place and industry information sessions had been completed.

A proposed implementation date of February 10, 2003 was established. However, the insurance industry indicated that it required additional time to provide for the effective and orderly implementation of the mandatory branding initiative across Ontario.
As a result, the Ministry sought and received all necessary approvals to change the implementation date to March 31, 2003.

As you are aware, Ontario developed its mandatory Stolen and Salvage Vehicle Program in partnership with a broadly based group of affected stakeholders, reaping the benefit of ongoing advice from this group in developing all elements of the program. The ministry has endeavoured to maintain a balanced approach that meets the needs of our various partners and stakeholders while maintaining our responsibility to promote road user safety.

We look forward to continuing our consultations with the Stolen and Salvage Vehicle Stakeholder Project Group Members after the mandatory branding program has been implemented. As all stakeholders gain experience with the program, these meetings will provide valuable insight for the ministry in assessing the program.

Thank you again for your support of the Stolen and Salvage Vehicle Program. If you have any questions, please call me at (416) 235-4050, or Janice Orlando-Sottile at (416) 235-3432.

Sincerely,

Patricia Boeckner
Director
Safety Policy and Education Branch

(see headlines)

 

MANDATORY VEHICLE BRANDING and INSPECTION OF REBUILT VEHICLES

Ontario will be introducing a mandatory vehicle branding program aimed at countering motor vehicle fraud and theft and protecting consumers in the used vehicle market. This road safety program is designed to identify severely damaged vehicles that have been classified as a total loss and subsequently branded as a result of collision, impact, fire, flood, or theft.

The mandatory vehicle branding program contains significant modifications from the current voluntary program, including major changes in the vehicle inspection program for rebuilt "salvage" branded vehicles. Some of these changes relate to "reassembled vehicles", vehicles being imported to Ontario, more specific requirements in brand assignment, who is required to brand and enhanced structural requirements for both vehicle branding and inspection.

If you are involved in the possession, sales, handling, repair, inspection, documentation or appraisal of severely damaged vehicles, it is strongly recommended that you attend a free information session to become fully informed of the program changes. Significant penalties under the Highway Traffic Act may be imposed for failure to comply with the enhanced legislative and regulatory requirements.

To find out about the new standards and requirements for this program, including how to brand a vehicle and become a licensed inspection facility, sessions are being offered across Ontario.

FREE INFORMATION SESSIONS WILL BE HELD FROM 6:30 PM TO 9:30 PM AT EACH OF THE IDENTIFIED LOCATIONS:

· Sudbury Caruso Club, 385 Haig St. ------------------------------------------January 14, 2003
· Ottawa Tudor Hall, 3750 Bowesville Rd.------------------------------------ January 16, 2003
· London London Convention Centre, 300 York St. ---------------------- January 21, 2003
· Hamilton Chandelier Place, 660 Barton St. E. Stoney Creek ----- January 23, 2003
· Mississauga Mississauga Convention Centre, 75 Derry Rd. W -- January 28, 2003
· Trenton CFB Trenton, 8 Wing - Yukon St. ------------------------------- January 30, 2003
· Newmarket Roman Palace, 1096 Ringwell Drive ---------------------- February 3, 2003
· Thunder Bay DaVinci Centre, 340 South Waterloo St. E.---------- February 5, 2003

For additional information, please call 1-800-318-3368.

The Collision Industry Action Group is presenting these information sessions in co-operation with the Ontario Government and the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

SALVAGE VEHICLE PROGRAM PERMIT BRANDING

(NOTE: This is the FORMER program. Please see above for information on the new program (March 31, 2003)

The Ministry's Salvage Vehicle Program has resulted in a branding process for Ontario's vehicle registration files and permits. This "brand" is simply a designation on the registration permits to describe the status of vehicles that have been "written off" as a result of being stolen or damaged. The branding process has been available for certain types of vehicles since July 27, 1998.

The brands are:

"STOLEN": When a vehicle is stolen, the police notify MTO and this brand is applied to that Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). The VIN is then be "locked up", and no transfer or renewal of the registration can be done. If the vehicle is recovered, the police notify MTO, and the brand is removed. This brand will follow the vehicle to any other province, territory or state that also has a branding program. The following brands will apply only to vehicles that have been "written off" by an insurance company. The choice of an "Irreparable" or "Salvage" brand will be determined by the appraiser who inspects the vehicle for the insurance claim. These brands will follow the vehicle to any other province, territory or state that also has a branding program.

"IRREPARABLE": This brand applies to vehicles that are so badly damaged that they cannot be safely repaired, and they are for scrap and parts ONLY. This brand is determined by the appraiser, and this vehicle cannot ever be relicenced for on-road use.

"SALVAGE": This is a damaged vehicle where the cost of repairing it exceeds its fair market value prior to being damaged. In most cases, this vehicle is severely damaged, but not as badly as the "Irreparable" vehicle, and it can be safely repaired for on-road use. This brand may also be applied to stolen vehicles once they are recovered. This brand can be changed to "Rebuilt" once a Structural Inspection Certificate, has been issued following a special inspection of the structural integrity of the vehicle. (Please note that, until further notice, this brand will not apply to motorcycles, trailers, and vehicles 30 years old and older.)

"REBUILT': This is a "Salvage" vehicle that has been repaired and certified as safe for the road. In Ontario, this requires a Structural Inspection Certificate to change the brand, a Safety Standards Certificate to change the "Unfit" status to "Fit" for licensing purposes, and an Emissions Certificate, where required.

These brands (except for the "Stolen" brand) shows up on our Vehicle Registration System, and on all vehicle registrations and Used Vehicle Information Packages (UVIP). Any branded vehicles coming into Ontario will have their brand transferred to the Ontario permit. The only way to change the registration permit brand from "SALVAGE" to "REBUILT" is for the vehicle to successfully pass an inspection for a Structural Inspection Certificate at a Type 6 Motor Vehicle Inspection Station (MVIS) licensed by the Ministry of Transportation.

 

HOW TO BECOME A STRUCTURAL INSPECTION STATION

In order to become a Type 6 MVIS, you must fill out an MTO application form, and your facility must be successfully inspected by an MTO inspector to ensure that you meet or exceed the license requirements.

You must have: Satisfactory documentation of:

1) Business registration, for single proprietorship, partnership, or corporation. Must include names, addresses and driver's licence numbers for all owners of the business.

2) Proof that premises are owned or leased by the applicant.

3) Proof of compliance with all local municipal by-laws, eg. municipal business licence, a letter from the municipality, etc.

4) Valid trade certificate as an Auto Body and Collision Damage Repairer for the technician, (310-B, 310-F, or 310-I) as well as name, address and driver's licence information.

A Type 6 MVIS licence is $50.00 / year, and the registration fee for each technician is $14.00 per year. A book of 10 Structural Inspection Certificates is $50.00, and this price includes 15 Rebuilt Vehicle Parts Audit Forms at no cost.

 

INSPECTION EQUIPMENT FOR TYPE 6 STATIONS

1) Sufficient internal space for the inspection of at least one vehicle of the class that the licensee will inspect.

2) Industry accepted equipment capable of making three-dimensional measurements on uni-body and non-unibody vehicles. This equipment must be able to establish both centre and datum reference lines, and must be able to accurately measure to the minimum 3mm (1/8") limit in the regulation.

3) Devices suitable for safely raising and supporting the vehicle during inspection, eg. jacks, stands, hoist, etc.

4) Station must be in a clean and safe condition.

5) Specification manuals or computer software containing manufacturer's specifications for vehicle dimensions for every make, model and year of vehicle for which the station will prepare a Structural Inspection Certificate.

6) At least one technician who holds a valid certificate of qualification as an Auto Body and Collision Damage Repairer, issued under the Apprenticeship and Certification Act, 1998. (310-B, 310-F or 310-I certificates)

 

THE REBUILDING FILE

Before a "Salvage" vehicle is inspected for a Structural Inspection Certificate, the records of the repairing process for the vehicle must be thoroughly examined. These records make up the "Rebuilding File". NO STRUCTURAL INSPECTION CERTIFICATE SHALL BE ISSUED UNLESS THE LICENSEE AND THE TECHNICIAN WHO INSPECTS THE VEHICLE ARE SATISFIED THAT THERE IS A COMPLETE RECORD OF ALL THE REQUIRED INFORMATION, DOCUMENTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS. The technician will use the photographs and information provided in the rebuilding file to establish that the vehicle being inspected is the one described in the record.

The rebuilding file MUST contain the following information, and it must be reviewed prior to the structural inspection of the "Salvage" branded vehicle.

1) Registration permit or registration information that indicates that the vehicle identified in the file has been branded as "Salvage". (NOTE: If the brand is "Irreparable", any further inspection or repair is worthless, since this vehicle cannot be relicenced for the road.)

2) A copy of the Rebuilt Vehicle Parts Audit Form. This MTO form will list the major used parts that have been installed on the vehicle. A copy of this form and the Certificate must be sent to MTO within 7 days after the successful inspection.

3) The name and address of the person who carried out the rebuilding of the vehicle.

4) The name and address of the vehicle owner if different from the vehicle rebuilder.

5) The name and address of the insurer of the vehicle who paid out the claim for the vehicle or the name and address of the person who declared the vehicle a total loss.

6) The make, model year and vehicle identification number of the vehicle .

7) Invoices for the major components used in rebuilding the vehicle, including the name of the supplier, the date of purchase by the rebuilder from the supplier, and the vehicle identification number of the vehicle(s) that these components came from.

8) The insurers' estimate of required repairs or that of the person who declared the vehicle a total loss.

9) A copy of the invoice for the purchase of a vehicle chassis, if required, clearly showing the vehicle identification number of the vehicle from which the chassis came.

10) Four colour photographs showing the front, rear and sides of the salvage vehicle, taken before rebuilding it.

11) If the four wheel alignment is performed at a premise other than those of the structural inspection station, the file must contain a written statement that the wheel alignment meets the manufacturer's standards. This statement must include the vehicle identification number of the vehicle and the name, address and signature of the person making the statement, as well his/her trade certificate number under the Apprenticeship and Certification Act, 1998.

The following documents must be kept by the inspection station for a period of six years:

1/ All documents in the rebuilding file, eg: photos, estimate of repairs, parts receipts, wheel alignment certificate, etc.

2/ Copies of the dimensional data that was obtained during the inspection

3/ The station copy of the Rebuilt Parts Audit Form

 

MAJOR COMPONENTS THAT REQUIRE RECEIPTS

(These receipts must include the name of the supplier, date of purchase by the rebuilder from the supplier, and vehicle identification number of the vehicle from which those parts came.)

1) engine
12) doors 23) centre pillar
2) transmission
13) hatches 24) lock pillar
3) transaxle
14) seats 25) door pillar
4) transfer case
15) dashboard 26) body shell
5) rear axle or drive unit
16) frame 27) alloy wheels
6) front axle or drive unit
17) full / partial frame rail
28) tailgate (truck)
7) hood
18) radiator grill 29) truck cab
8) fenders
19) body roof 30) truck box
9) bumpers
20) front bumper cover 31) motorcycle forks
10) side or quarter panels
21) rear bumper cover
11) trunk lid
22) front pillar

The above information will be entered on a form called the "Rebuilt Vehicle Parts Audit Form". Once the "Rebuilding File" has been reviewed and if everything is OK, the next step is the actual structural inspection of the vehicle.

INSPECTION REQUIREMENTS AND PERFORMANCE STANDARDS FOR A STRUCTURAL INSPECTION CERTIFICATE (Per: Schedule 9, Regulation 611, made under the Highway Traffic Act)

1/ The alignment of each chassis control point and reference point shall be within three millimetres of the original equipment manufacturer's specifications or within the standard of variance established by the original equipment manufacturer if that standard is greater than three millimetres.

2/ All structural joints of all repaired or replaced chassis components must be accessible for inspection, and all such joints shall be clean, and free of sealant and of soundproofing or rust-proofing materials at the time of inspection. (ie: bare metal)

3/ All components of the chassis shall be inspected and: No structural component of the chassis shall be missing, broken, cracked, loose, buckled or perforated by corrosion.

4/ All components of the chassis shall be inspected and: The method of assembly or installation of any structural component of the chassis shall comply with the original equipment manufacturer's requirements and no fastener used for this purpose shall be missing, loose or misaligned.

5/ All components of the chassis shall be inspected and: The method of attachment of any suspension or steering component to the chassis shall comply with the original equipment manufacturer's requirements, and no fastener used for this purpose shall be missing, loose or misaligned.

6/ No mount shall be missing, shall be incorrect for the vehicle, shall have loose, missing or incorrect fasteners, or shall be broken.

7/ All doors, latches and hinges and all sliding mechanisms on the hood and on a door, shall be inspected and: No such latch or hinge, or any non-electrical component of a side door sliding mechanism shall be missing, incorrect for the vehicle or be damaged, assembled or misaligned so as to affect the proper opening or closing of the hood or a door, or the proper securement of the hood in the closed position.

8/ All such latches, hinges and sliding door components must be securely mounted to the body structure, hood or door in the same manner used by the original equipment manufacturer, and no fastener used for this purpose shall be missing, loose or misaligned.

9/ All flexible sealing material on all passenger cargo doors and hatches shall be in a position, and of a condition and design, so as to function as intended by the original equipment manufacturer to prevent the entry of exhaust fumes into the interior of the vehicle, and no such material shall be missing.

10/ No bumper or associated shock absorbing mechanism or structure or supporting structure shall be missing, collapsed, inoperative or incorrect for the vehicle, and the method of assembly and installation shall comply with the original equipment manufacturer's requirements, and no fastener used for this purpose shall be missing, loose or misaligned.

11/ All doors shall be correct for the vehicle and none shall be missing.

12/ Where the structural inspection station is properly equipped to do so, the alignment of all wheel positions shall be inspected at the structural inspection station, and all such alignment shall be within the original equipment manufacturer's specification.

13/ Where the structural inspection station is not properly equipped to inspect the alignment of all wheel positions, the alignment may be inspected at another facility. (However, the structural inspection station must have a statement from that facility that the wheel alignment meets the manufacturer's standards for wheel alignment. It must also contain the vehicle identification number, and name, address and signature of the person making the statement, and his or her trade certification number under the Apprenticeship and Certification Act, 1998.)

When a Structural Inspection Certificate is issued, the "Director's" copies of that Certificate and the Rebuilt Vehicle Parts Audit form must be sent to the MTO within seven days. The customer will produce the original copy of the Structural Inspection Certificate and the registration permit to a MTO licence agent office, and the brand on the registration can then be changed from "Salvage" to "Rebuilt". The vehicle will still need a Safety Standards Certificate and an Emissions Certificate (where required) to be relicenced for the road. For further information regarding a Type 6 Motor Vehicle Inspection Station licence, contact your local MTO enforcement office, as shown below.

DURHAM 67 Thornton Road South Oshawa, Ontario Tel: 905-728-7505 Fax: 905-433-6907
LONDON 659 Exeter Road London, Ontario Tel: 519-873-4285 Fax: 519-873-4306
SUDBURY 782 LaSalle Boulevard Montrose Mall Sudbury, Ontario Tel: (705)566-1414 Fax: (705)675-4122
HALTON 1182 North Shore Blvd. E Burlington, Ontario Tel: 905-637-4108, Ext. 234 Fax: 905-637-4114
NORTH BAY 447 McKeown Avenue North Bay, Ontario Tel: 705-497-5411 Fax: 705-497-5415
THUNDER BAY 615 South James Street Thunder Bay, Ontario Tel: 807-473-2021 Fax: 807-473-2133
HAMILTON / NIAGARA 903 Barton Street Stoney Creek, Ontario Tel: 905-643-7947, Ext. 200 Fax:905-643-7529
OTTAWA 1570 Walkley Road Ottawa, Ontario Tel: 1-800-600-9333 Fax: 613-731-1444
TIMMINS Ontario Government Complex Hwy 101 E., East Wing South Porcupine, Ontario Tel: 705-235-1469 Fax: 705-235-1475
KENORA 808 Robertson Street Kenora, Ontario Tel: 807-468-2778/2779 Fax: 807-468-2784
METRO 2064 Kennedy Rd. TORONTO Scarborough, Ontario Tel: 416-325-2519 Fax: 416-325-8591
WINDSOR 2470 Dougall Road Windsor, Ontario Tel: 519-972-7349, Ext. 216 Fax: 519-973-1492
KINGSTON 355 Counter Street Kingston, Ontario Tel: 613-544-2220 Ext.4021 Fax: 613-545-4632
PEEL John Rhodes Centre 7900 Airport Road Brampton, Ontario Tel: 905-793-4345 Fax: 905-874-4038
YORK 50 Bloomington Rd., 1st Floor Aurora, Ontario Tel: 905-713-7324 Fax: 905-713-7328
KITCHENER 4 Belmont Avenue W Kitchener, Ontario Tel: 519-744-8307, Ext. 228 Fax: 519-571-6015
SAULT STE. MARIE 740 Great Northern Rd. Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. Tel: 705-945-9395 Fax: 705-945-6851

NOTE: For information regarding Ontario's "DRIVE CLEAN" program, call 1-888-758-2999.