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All commercial designated vehicles in Alberta must receive a commercial vehicle inspection. This inspection is performed annually for the owner to receive certification. He or she must be able to provide this certificate when requested by a peace officer.

What Vehicles Require a Commercial Inspection

Any truck or truck-tractor, semi-trailer or trailers with a gross vehicle weight of 4,500 kg if they operate outside the province must be inspected annually. If they have a gross weight of 11,794 kg and operate within the province, they must also have an annual inspection. Vehicles that are used for the transportation of people with a capacity of more than 10 must have semi-annual inspections.

Owners of these vehicles are required to find a facility that is licensed by the Vehicle Safety Section to perform the commercial inspection. In addition, the technicians must also be licensed to perform the inspection.

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The Inspection Process

If a vehicle fails the inspection, the certified technician must let the vehicle owner know the reasons for the failure. He may also contact the local law enforcement and submit a Record of Inspection to Alberta Transportation to show the failure.

Commercial vehicles manufactured after January 1, 2012 must have a compliance label or be re-certified if the vehicle has been modified from the information on the compliance label. Brakes are required on all wheels for commercial vehicles as well. These requirements must be met before a commercial inspection can be performed.Once the vehicle has passed inspection, the certificate must remain in the vehicle and the decal must be placed on the lower left-hand corner of the side window on the outside. The date that the certificate expires is located on it. Carriers must keep a copy of the certificate for the current year as well as for the four previous years of inspections.

Anyone who is registering a commercial vehicle for the first time will receive a temporary certificate that is good for 60 days. The owner must fill out the application for a permanent certificate during that time along with a $50 application fee.

To find out more about commercial inspections, talk to Redwater Dodge. We can answer your questions and help you understand the requirements that come with owning a commercial vehicle.

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