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There are vehicle inspectors throughout
the province who conduct commercial
vehicle inspections. Vehicles that do not
meet the requirements can be taken
out-of-service until the repairs are made.
This can also result in fines and points
assessed on the Carrier Profile or the
driver’s Commercial Driver Abstract.

Trip inspection

Application of inspection

• A truck, a tractor and towed trailer
are inspected using Schedule 1. A
converter dolly is inspected as part of
the trailer it is carrying. The dolly is to
be inspected again when carrying a
different trailer.
• Carriers are required to supply drivers
with a copy of the inspection schedule.
• Drivers are required to carry and
produce the inspection schedule
to an officer.
• A schedule and an inspection report
may be combined on the same

Where to get inspection

Schedule 1 - 4 of National Safety Code
Standard 13, which is published by
the Canadian Council of Transport
Administrators (CCMTA), is acceptable in
Alberta, including when produced by the
driver of an Alberta plated commercial
vehicle. These schedules may be viewed
at: www.ccmta.ca. Some companies,

associations and organizations also
produce and sell schedules and
report forms.

Trip inspections

Inspection procedures

NOTE: Only the driver is referenced as
the inspection person throughout the
remainder of this chapter.

Drivers may choose an inspection
procedure (circle procedure) that
best suits the vehicle and its location.
However, whichever procedure is used,
each regulated inspection item must
be inspected and where a defect is
discovered the defect must be recorded
on the report and reported to the carrier.

The following detailed trip inspection
is for reference only. Check with your
employer to determine if the company
has its own forms for recording vehicle

NOTE: A vehicle trip inspection is required
as part of the road test when applying for
a Class 1, 2 and 3 driver’s licence.

Before beginning the

Choose terrain that is as level as
possible and park the vehicle safely
away from traffic.

Set parking/spring brake. Place the
transmission in low gear for a
manual transmission.

Shut off the engine.

28 A Commercial Driver’s Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing

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