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The number of commercial vehicles using roads and highways throughout Canada is increasing. At the same time, commercial vehicles pose a threat to public safety and national infrastructure if they are not properly maintained or are exceeding the load weight restrictions as prescribed by the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations.

The Mandatory Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program (CVIP) aims to maintain and enhance the safety of all commercial vehicles that travel throughout Canada. CVIP Inspections are not meant to replace current preventive maintenance but do set the standard for vehicle maintenance programs.

Vehicles That Are Subject to the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program

Vehicle Inspection Regulation (AR 211/2006) requires all commercial-level vehicles to have an authentic inspection certificate and decal. Any commercial vehicle over certain weight limits is subject to the laws regarding the Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program. The program requires commercial vehicles to undergo annual or semi-annual inspections to ensure driver and public safety.

While specific requirements of the inspections will vary from state to state, in most cases, each jurisdiction will recognize and accept the Inspection from another participating state.

The National Safety Code (NSC) has determined the minimum performance standards for the safety of commercial vehicles. Commercial vehicles subject to the NSC’s safety standards are defined below.

Commercial vehicles that meet the following weight classes require annual inspections:

Trucks, tractors, semi-trailers, trailers and combinations that exceed a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 4,500 kg when operating extra-provincially

Trucks, tractors, semi-trailers, trailers and combinations that exceed GVW of 11,794 kg when operating intra-provincially

Commercial vehicles that are defined as buses require semi-annual inspections. A bus would be defined as:

Buses designed and used for the transportation of passengers with a seating capacity of more than 10 (including the driver) but not used for personal use.

The Inspection Process

To avoid fines and penalties, all commercial vehicles must keep current inspection certificates and decals. Depending on the vehicle, CVIP Inspections may be required by law annually or every six months.

The parameters of the Inspection may vary slightly between provinces and territories. But you can expect some common vehicle inspections to include a thorough examination of the following systems:

  • Power Train
  • Suspension
  • Hydraulic Brakes
  • Air Brakes
  • Steering
  • Instruments and Auxiliary Equipment
  • Lamps
  • Electrical System
  • Body
  • Tires and Wheels
  • Couplers and Hitches

Owners of vehicles that pass Inspection receive a certificate and decal placed on the vehicle’s windshield. At SRB Equipment, we perform CVIP on commercial vehicles over the designated specific gross vehicle weight as regulated by the State Transportation Department.

What if the Vehicle Fails the Inspection

According to the NSC, if a vehicle fails the Inspection, the owner must send the report made by the technician to the state transportation authority. The report must explain the reasons for the failure of CVIP. The vehicle owner must make repairs to obtain a valid certificate and decal.

To reapply for the CVIP after a failed attempt, only the parts or systems that failed the Inspection the first time and are listed on the inspection record will need to be re-evaluated to pass the Inspection.

Can an Inspection Be Revoked?

It’s rare but possible. Your commercial vehicle inspection certificate can be evoked by Edmonton transportation. The reason behind this could be one of the following circumstances:

  • The certification issuing facility was not licensed to inspect the type of commercial vehicle.
  • If the date of Inspection does not match the date listed on the certificate
  • If the technician did not perform the Inspection according to vehicle inspection rules and regulations by the Edmonton transportation

About Inspection Facilities

A licensed facility can perform inspections. From time to time, licensed facilities will receive compliance visits from a Vehicle Safety Investigator to ensure inspections are being conducted properly and that appropriate records are being maintained. Any facilities violating rules and regulations will face progressive discipline, including education requirements and possible administrative penalties.

If the facility fails your vehicle, then the facility’s responsibility is to provide the vehicle owner with an explanation as to why the vehicle is unsafe to drive. But they do not have any legal authority to remove a vehicle from the road.

Where to Get a Commercial Vehicle Inspection?

It is essential to locate a reputable and experienced commercial vehicle inspection facility that is licensed to inspect any commercial vehicle. At SRB Equipment, our expert technician performs a detailed inspection that will keep your commercial vehicle in line with provincial and federal regulations. Our CVIP Inspection Edmonton service will ensure your truck, trailer, and the bus is legally on the road.

Part of our exclusive and annually-scheduled service includes every aspect of the commercial vehicle, from the braking to the electrical systems. We also check the body and structural integrity inspection of your vehicle’s frame body to detect any signs of significant collision damage that require replacement or repairs.

By undergoing such detailed inspections, we can safeguard your vehicle against any potential costly mishaps in the future. You’ll save money on repairs, late deliveries or delayed projects while experiencing increased efficiency and reduced fines from Edmonton authorities.

Bottom line:

The CVIP is the mandatory safety inspection program to operate any type of commercial vehicle over 4,500 kg or a bus with a seating capacity of more than 10 or equivalent. It’s essential for any business to avoid penalties and ensure safety for everyone on the road. If you don’t have it, Make the right choice for your vehicle and schedule your Inspection with our leading experts.