Calgary CVIP Inspections
The purpose of the mandatory Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program (CVIP) in Calgary and other parts of Canada is to maintain and enhance the safety of all commercial vehicles that travel Canadian highways. Owners of vehicles that pass inspection receive a certificate as well as a decal to place on their vehicles. CVIP Inspections are not meant to replace ongoing preventive maintenance, but do set the standard for vehicle maintenance programs.
All commercial vehicles such as buses, trailers and heavy-duty trucks and other vehicles must keep current inspection certificates and decals in order to avoid fines and penalties. Depending on the vehicle, CVIP Inspections may be required by law on an annual or semi-annual basis. For example, commercial vehicles with a combined weight of 11,794 kilograms can be inspected just once a year, but buses that carry 10 or more passengers must get CVIP Inspections every 6 months.
The Inspection Process
During CVIP Inspections, vehicles are evaluated on how well all of their working components function together during a driving test. Inspectors will evaluate such things as brake and wheel noise, vehicle lights, the operation of the engine, the condition of the transmission, how well the defroster operates and the precision of the steering. Inspectors will lift the vehicle and take a look at the exhaust system, vehicle suspension, front end, and tires among other things. At the end of CVIP Inspections, vehicles’wheels are removed and brake components are tested to make sure they can function well in any situation.
Selecting a Qualified Inspector
It is vital that you choose an inspector that is thoroughly qualified to conduct CVIP Inspections in order to ensure that your commercial vehicle is posing no safety threat to you or others. Always ask to see your technician’s inspection license in order to make sure it is current. Also, verify that the facility where the CVIP Inspections are conducted is in good working order and that all necessary tools are on hand for a proper inspection. Never use an inspection facility that appears to be substandard, has outdated equipment and cannot produce current proof of certification for each technician.
Qualified technicians can alert you to other issues that are not addressed during CVIP Inspections. A good technician should be able to tell you about things such as electrical problems or vehicle body concerns that may require welding or fabrication. They should also be able to notice uneven wear and tear on tires and address the root of the problem, which could be faulty vehicle alignment or unbalanced tires. Inspection companies that have been in business for a number of years typically have technicians with the experience necessary to take notice of problems that are not technically part of the CVIP Inspections requirements.
It is usually a good idea to ask other commercial vehicle owners for references when you are searching out a facility to handle your CVIP Inspections. Once you find a competent facility with quality inspectors, it is wise to stick with it and establish a relationship with one technician who will come to know and understand your vehicle.