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The government mandates that commercial vehicles must undergo regular inspections in order to ensure they are fit for the road. However, even despite this requirement, it’s still in a commercial vehicle driver’s best interest to regularly ensure the safety of the vehicle. In fact, a lack of vehicle inspections could lead to unnoticed problems which can then result in interrupted supply chains and disastrous logistics, not to mention expensive repairs.


Dieseltech is a designated inspection facility that is equipped with the proper equipment and knowledge to inspect your vehicle. Our commercial vehicle inspection specialists are qualified by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement (CVSE) branch of the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. The CVSE’s job is to ensure motor vehicle safety and compliance. The CVSE in turn relies on the Motor Vehicle Act, the Vehicle Inspection Manual, the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations as well as Canadian vehicle manufacturing standards to inform its commercial vehicle standards.

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Which Vehicles Need a Commercial Inspection?

In Canada, federal regulations are set under the Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS). These set requirements for headlights, brakes, tires, and more—basically anything that affects a truck’s ability to perform safely on the road.

The term “commercial vehicle” does not only relate to long-haul trucks. In fact, the following vehicles are also required to be subjected to a commercial inspection:

  • Farming vehicles
  • School buses (i.e., a bus for which a school permit has been issued)
  • Truck or truck tractor with a weight greater than 8,200 kg
  • Any vehicle where the operation holds a Passenger Transportation license
  • Emergency vehicles that weigh more than 8,200 kg
  • Buses
  • Commercial trailers
  • Certain vehicles operating under the Passenger Transportation Act (such as limousines or taxis)
  • Industrial machines with a weight of more than 17,300 kg
  • Aldergrove
  • Langley
  • Surrey
  • South Surrey
  • White Rock
  • Coquitlam
  • Maple Ridge
  • Port Coquitlam
  • Delta
  • Richmond
  • Burnaby
  • New Westminster
  • Vancouver
  • North Vancouver
  • West Vancouver
  • Squamish

What Is Checked During a Commercial Inspection?

The following is a list of things that will be checked during every commercial vehicle inspection: 

  • Vehicle body/frame
  • Headlights
  • Electrical system
  • Vehicle tires and wheels
  • Vehicle steering
  • Brakes
  • Power train
  • Fuel leaks
  • Vehicle weight

What Happens If My Vehicle Fails Inspection?

If your vehicle fails its commercial inspection, we have the personnel and the equipment to perform the proper fixes. We will be able to offer professional fixes that will enable you to pass the provincial standards.

Why Do I Need a Commercial Vehicle Inspection?

The Government of Canada mandates that all commercial vehicles go through regular inspections in order to intervene with outdated and malfunctioning vehicles so that they are not able to operate on the road. Vehicles that are unsafe may be targeted to lessen the chances of collisions on the road.

Who is Qualified to Perform a Commercial Vehicle Inspection?

Not every mechanic has the powers to perform a commercial vehicle inspection. In fact, anyone who performs a commercial vehicle inspection must be an Authorized Inspector (AI) as determined by the aforementioned CVSE. An AI can then provide inspections either at a Designated Inspection Facility (DIF) or a Preventative Maintenance Facility (PMP). However, Preventative Maintenance Facilities are only authorized to perform inspections of any kind on their own fleet. Designated Inspection Facilities, on the other hand, are authorized to perform inspections on any commercial vehicles.

Common CVSE Violations

While your car’s ability to pass a commercial vehicle inspection will depend on its particular characteristics, here are some common problems that could result in a failed commercial vehicle inspection:

  • Damaged tires, including tires that won’t hold air
  • Truck with an unsecured load
  • Truck with an overweight load
  • Cracked spring retainer
  • Damaged logging bunk

Commercial Vehicle Inspections in BC

Dieseltech is proud to offer complete commercial vehicle inspections from our home base in Coquitlam. Within our inspection facility, we have access to state-of-the-art equipment that can spot any potential problems. Our friendly professionals have trained on all maintenance best practices. Get in touch with us today to learn about how we can help keep your vehicle operations running smoothly.

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