Safety Fitness Program Expansion

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Inspections (CVSA)

CVSA inspections are conducted by individuals who have been certified as inspectors under the CVSA program. The program is designed to promote the safe operating condition of heavy vehicles and their drivers, and is used throughout North America. All of Manitoba’s Motor Carrier Enforcement Officers (MCEOs) are certified inspectors, and so are some members of other agencies such as the  RCMP and the Winnipeg Police Service.

The inspections are usually random and may be conducted at weigh scales or at the roadside. Sometimes they are done in conjunction with an audit, or when a complaint has been received regarding the condition of the operator’s vehicles. In this case, they will likely be done at the operator’s premises. Occasionally, a ‘blitz’ may be scheduled to conduct full inspections, or to inspect a specific component, such as brakes. The level of inspection performed may be any one of the following:

  • Level 1 – complete inspection of the vehicle and driver
  • Level 2 – walk around inspection of the vehicle
  • Level 3 -  inspection of the driver only
  • Level 4 – special inspection of one or more components
  • Level 5 – complete inspection of the vehicle without the driver

If no defects are found during a Level 1 or Level 5 inspection, the inspector will apply a CVSA decal to the vehicle. The decal is valid for up to three months (the remaining days in the current month plus two more months). For example, a decal issued in April would be valid until June 30th. It exempts the vehicle from further CVSA inspections during that period, unless an obvious defect is noticed.

All CVSA inspectors across North America use the same Out of Service (OOS) criteria to determine the seriousness of each defect. If the defects found are of a less serious nature, the driver receives a copy of the inspection form with instructions to have the vehicle repaired prior to its next dispatch. A copy of the inspection form must be signed by the repair person and forwarded to the Motor Carrier Division within 15 days of the inspection.

If any defects are found that meet the Out of Service criteria, the vehicle is placed out of service and will not be allowed to proceed until all of the OOS defects have been repaired. A copy of the inspection form must be signed by the repair person and forwarded to the Motor Carrier Division within 15 days of the inspection.