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MTO computer systems a go


Two weeks after striking public service workers returned to work, the Ministry of Transportation finally has most of its computer systems up and running.

“We’re back in business,” MTO spokesman Bob Nichols said Friday morning.

The computer systems were shut down during the almost eight-week strike by 45,000 Ontario Public Service Employees Union employees.

Driver licences that expired during the strike were extended until Aug. 2, to handle the backlog.

Since OPSEU workers returned to work May 6, MTO staff has been working to get computer systems across the province working again.

“On the drivers’ licensing side, all services are now available,” Nichols said.

As of this morning, MTO is able to issue drivers’ licences and conduct road tests. But not everything is back to normal just yet.

Nicholas said the system for issuing used vehicle information packages, needed if someone wants to sell a used vehicle, is not yet up and running.

In the meantime, the MTO has been issuing temporary ones.

Nichols said staff also will have to input into the system a backlog of information compiled manually by private issuing offices which remained open during the OPSEU strike.

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