Good news about the "modified vehicle" inspection standards that MTO proposed 3 years ago. Attached is a response from MTO Minister Steven Del Duca to an enquiry from the London Modifiers to a local MP. Briefly, MTO is NOT going to introduce special inspection standards for modified vehicles! This initiative was originally part of MTO's effort to privatize the delivery of their Motor Vehicle Inspection Station program (a project that has gone nowhere in 3 years) and I'm not surprised they decided not to take on "modified" vehicles – I think they finally realized what a problem this would be to develop and implement. However, the Minister says that if they ever do consider such amendments, they will consult with stakeholders such as the Specialty Vehicles Association of Ontario (SVAO) and that is a good thing. You can rest easy now, and feel free to pass this along. ...
What does all of this mean to the owner of a "historic" vehicle? Not much for a Model T owner except for some extra labour to measure and record things. However, for newer model "historic" vehicles things might be different. The definition of "historic vehicle" has not changed for the purpose of this inspection, it's still "…at least 30 years old, and substantially unchanged or unmodified from the original manufacturer's product", and this covers vehicles that have some equipment that wasn't included before.
Interesting to read the regulations regarding emissions testing to see that any vehicle plated "Historic" is not subject to testing.
Some things that have always affected rods and other specialty vehicles remain such as missing fenders and bumpers, but there are some new changes too. Here are a few: - no wheel spacers - aftermarket window tint limited to 30% on windshield - no spools - no non-automotive gas tanks (e.g. beer kegs!) - no mixture of radial and non-radial tires - no missing driver-side sun visor - OEM steering wheel diameter - side marker lights required on "… home-made vehicles registered for the first time after Jan. 01. 2017." Other changes that might have an effect on collector vehicles are things such as "no recapped tires". And don't ask what constitutes "… substantially unchanged or unmodified…" in the definition. The misuse of historic plates is a whole other kettle of fish, but that issue's day is coming!
It can appear that MTO is trying to build new cars out of used ones, and there will be a huge incentive for big profits from the implementation of this new standard. Any disreputable car dealers, parts suppliers, repair shops, and inspection stations out there are going to love this
Here's a link to the new standards and it is worth your time to make yourself familiar with them.