Ontario Licence Requirements
The topic of Ontario Licence Requirements came up in a Motorhome post. I thought it might be worth sharing the information in the Canada Specific Forum so all of us Locals might be better informed. Note anyone with vehicles registered outside of Ontario, you are required to meet the regulations of your jurisdiction while travelling through Ontario.
I recently learned that many of us may not be driving with the proper licence for our rigs, myself included. I am driving a Fleetwood Bounder which the dealer told me I can safely drive with my G Licence... They did not exactly lie they just omitted to tell me that as soon as I hooked up my Toad I needed a D Licence.
The information is available on the MTO website but there are four likely scenarios where the RV community in Ontario are driving without the proper licences and face potential legal and insurance challenges:
1) A motorhome over 24,000lbs. Most Diesel pushers and some gassers will exceed this weight and will require a D licence. If they have airbrakes then you also require a Z endorsement. Adding a toad exacerbates the problem. If you are using a car carrier and it’s GVWR exceeds 10,000lbs you will require an A Licence.
2) A Motorhome under 24,000lbs towing a trailer or toad under 10,000lbs where the total weight exceeds 24,000lbs. This would include most gassers pulling a toad. Note this is dependant on the GVWR not the actual weight. Anything on the F53 Chassis will be over as soon as you tow your kids little red wagon. This situation will requires a D Licence.
3) A Fifth Wheel combination where the weight of the trailer exceeds 10,000lbs and the total weight exceeds 24,000lbs. This is going to be your truly big rigs. If your total weight exceeds the 24,000lbs limit you require an A Licence. If your set up has airbrakes then you also require the Z endorsement if not then you can pass with a “Limited” A.
4) Any Pickup truck and travel trailer combination where the trailer exceeds 10,000lbs requires an A Licence... This one was the most surprising to me as I think many of the larger TT’s have GVWR that exceed 10,000lbs.
Hopefully this info gets to you before your purchase and more importantly before any of us find ourselves running afoul of the regulations.
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2020 Fleetwood Bounder 35P / 2015 Chevy Sonic