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Which commercial vehicles
need to be inspected under
Vehicle Inspection Program?

BUSES
All buses designed to carry more than 11
passengers, including the driver, must be
inspected. This does not include municipal
transit buses, but does include both school
buses and commercial buses. Buses must
be inspected every six months. Since
1978, Alberta has had a semi-annual
inspection requirement for buses.

TRUCKS AND TRAILERS
All trucks, truck-tractors, trailers and semitrailers
with a registered combined gross
vehicle weight (GVW) of 11,794 kg or more
must be inspected. Trucks and trailers
must be inspected every 12 months.
These are the same vehicles as governed
under the National Safety Code.

How can I find out more
about the Vehicle Inspection
Program for Commercial
Vehicles in Alberta?

For more information about inspection of
commercial vehicles in Alberta, or to apply
for a Vehicle Inspection Program Facility
Licence or a Vehicle Inspection Program
Technician Licence to inspect Commercial
Vehicles, contact:

Vehicle Safety 
Main Floor, Twin Atria Building
4999 – 98 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6B 2XB
780–427–8901
For toll-free service from anywhere
in Alberta, call 310-0000.

 NOTE: Please request to speak to the
 Vehicle Inspection Program Licensing
 Analyst. 

Cargo securement

It is important to ensure that all cargo
carried by a commercial vehicle is properly
secured according to the requirements
of the Canadian National Safety Code
(NSC) Standard 10, adopted in Alberta’s
Commercial Vehicle Safety Regulation.

Commercial trucks registered over 4500
kg are required to ensure the cargo they
carry is secure:
• A carrier shall not permit a driver to
   operate a commercial vehicle where the
   cargo transported in or on the vehicle is
   not contained, immobilized, or secured
   in accordance with the NSC Standard
   as it relates to the particular type of
   commercial vehicle.
• A driver shall not operate a commercial
   vehicle where the cargo transported
   in or on the vehicle is not contained,
   immobilized, or secured in accordance
   with the NSC Standard as it relates
   to the particular type of commercial
   vehicle.
• A driver or carrier must ensure that
   cargo transported by a commercial
   vehicle is contained, immobilized or
   secured so that it cannot:
     · leak, spill, blow off, fall from, fall
       through or otherwise be dislodged
       from the vehicle
      · shift upon or within the vehicle to
       such an extent that the vehicle’s
       stability or ability to move is adversely
       affected.

 
CHAPTER TWO                                                                                                 NATIONAL SAFETY CODE   23

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