Vehicle Safety Investigations
Progressive disciplinary actions may be taken against technicians or facilities found to be inspecting vehicles contrary to the prescribed manuals or not adhering to legislation. A document outlining the discipline process can be found below:
Reporting an Unsafe Vehicle
A vehicle inspection technician or facility cannot remove an unsafe vehicle from the road. This responsibility lies solely with a peace officer under Section 66 of the Traffic Safety Act.
As a certified technician you are obligated to advise a client that his/her vehicle is unsafe and to provide an explanation for this determination. Some inspection facilities choose to bring a tow truck to their facility and have the vehicle towed to the shop of the client's choice.
An additional option would be for you to contact the traffic detachment of your local law enforcement agency and describe your concerns with the vehicle. If they have an officer available they may be in a position to direct the vehicle owner to undertake the repairs before the vehicle can be returned to the road.
A copy of the technician's failed Record of Inspection can be submitted to Alberta Transportation for further review and investigation. As an inspection facility owner/operator, you may wish to check with your lawyer or insurance underwriter to see if there are additional methods to reduce your liability in the event the vehicle is involved in a collision after driving away from your facility.
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