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Vehicle Standards and Exemption Permits

Changes to Commercial Vehicle Inspections:

Effective January 1, 2012, before a commercial vehicle can pass a CVIP inspection, it will require:

  • All new commercial vehicles to have a compliance label;
  • Any commercial vehicle modified so it no longer complies with the information on its compliance label to be recertified, and;
  • All commercial vehicles to have brakes on all wheels.

Alberta’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Regulation will require a commercial vehicle manufactured on or after January 1, 2012 must have a federal compliance label, and a commercial vehicle which has been modified so that it no longer complies with the information provided on its compliance label must be recertified by a Transport Canada authorized manufacturer, or a professional engineer, as complying with the requirements of Transport Canada’s Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

Also effective January 1, 2012, Alberta’s Commercial Vehicle Safety Regulation will require a commercial vehicle to have brakes on all wheels (including trailers).  Brakes are not required on vehicles which do not require brakes, or on three-axle truck-tractors which were manufactured without brakes, if they are still being used as a truck tractor.  A three-axle truck-tractor which was manufactured without brakes, which has been converted into a straight truck, for example a gravel truck, will be required to have brakes installed on its front wheels by January 1, 2012.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Regulation was enacted July 1, 2009.  For more information on the above see schedule 1 section 1, and schedule 2 section 16, on the Queen’s Printer’s website (click here to view). 

New Equipment Requirements for School Buses:

 

Effective September 1, 2010, all school buses must have, except where a municipal by-law prohibits their use, four amber and four red alternating flashing warning lamps, and a white flashing strobe light. In addition all school buses will have to be equipped with reflective markings (reflective tape). For detailed information concerning these new requirements see sections 89, 90, and 91 of Alberta’s Vehicle Equipment Regulation on Alberta’s Queen’s Printer’s website.  (Click here to view this regulation.)

Effective September 1, 2010, all school buses must have, except where a municipal by-law prohibits their use, four amber and four red alternating flashing warning lamps, and a white flashing strobe light. In addition all school buses will have to be equipped with reflective markings (reflective tape). For detailed information concerning these new requirements see sections 89, 90, and 91 of Alberta’s Vehicle Equipment Regulation on Alberta’s Queen’s Printer’s website.  (Click to view this regulation.)

Use of White Flashing School Bus Strobe Lamps:

 

Section 73 of Alberta’s Use of Highway and Rules of the Regulation will be amended September 1, 2010 to require the operator of a school bus to activate the white flashing strobe lamp when operating in adverse atmospheric and visibility conditions, including fog, blizzard and smoke, and to allow its use whenever increased visibility is desirable. Check the Use of Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation on the Queen’s Printer’s website after September 1, 2010 (Click here to view this regulation.)

Use of Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation:

Effective July 1, 2009, the Use of Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation will be amended to change the definition of power bicycles and mopeds. The definitions are being updated to be consistent with federal definitions of power and assisted bicycles and limited speed motorcycles. The changes are explained further in Frequently Asked Questions. Any questions can be directed to vehicle.safety@gov.ab.ca. Watch this web page for future updates and further information on small vehicles.

Helpful guides and tools:

To view or obtain specific vehicle standards, please contact any of the following organizations:

Society of Automotive Engineers

Canadian Standards Association

Canada's National Safety Code

For more information, please contact Vehicle Safety Standards.