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Reporting defects

For the purposes of reporting defects to
the carrier, the carrier may designate an
employee to receive reports of defects.

Minor and major defects, which are
listed in a schedule, must be reported
immediately by the driver or inspection
person to the carrier upon discovery
of the defect.

Depending on the driver’s situation,
reporting defects to the carrier may be
done in person, by phone, via written
report or by electronic means.

Driving with defects

A driver may continue to drive with a
minor defect that is listed on an inspection
schedule if the driver has immediately
entered the defect on the daily
inspection report and reported
the defect to the carrier.

Vehicle not to be operated
with a major defect

No carrier shall permit a person, and no
person shall, drive a commercial vehicle
on a highway when a major defect that is
listed on an inspection schedule is present
on the vehicle.

Driver inspection

The driver is required to complete and sign
a report upon completion of the inspection.
Drivers are not permitted to drive a truck
or tow a trailer unless the driver or another
person has conducted an inspection of the 

vehicle(s) within the previous 24 hours.

In addition to the initial inspection,
whether conducted by the driver or
not, the driver is required to monitor the
condition of the vehicle(s) for defects while
en route.

In addition to drivers, other persons
such as maintenance or yard staff are
also permitted to conduct inspections and
complete and sign reports.

Where a trip inspection report has been
completed, the trip inspection is valid for
a maximum of 24 hours. This means a trip
inspection conducted by a person may be
used by another person provided it was
completed within 24 hours.

A person other than the driver who
conducts an inspection and signs the
report is responsible under law for the
inspection and the information contained in
the inspection report. The driver may rely
on such an inspection and produce the
report to an officer, unless the driver has
reason to believe the inspection and report
do not meet the requirements, or the driver
is aware or ought to be aware that the
vehicle has a defect.

Any number of trailers may be inspected
and added to a single report if the report
contains additional lines for additional

All information required to be on a report
must be accurately completed in full.

On the demand of a peace officer,
a driver must produce the inspection
schedule and the written trip inspection
report. Alberta’s trip inspection legislation
is contained in sections 9 through 16 of
the Commercial Vehicle Safety Regulation
121/2009 and can be viewed on the Queen’s
Printer web site at: www.qp.alberta.ca
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