Safety Fitness Program Expansion

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a "heavy vehicle?"
  2. Do I need to get a Safety Fitness Certificate?
  3. How do I get a Safety Fitness Certificate?
  4. When do I need to get a Safety Fitness Certificate?
  5. Are my registration fees going to go up if I need a Safety Fitness Certificate?
  6. Why is the safety program being expanded to more heavy vehicles?
  7. What if I already have a Safety Fitness Certificate?
  8. What is a safety rating?

1. What is a "heavy vehicle?"

A heavy vehicle is:

  • a truck or truck tractor with a registered gross vehicle weight (RGVW) of 4,500 kg or more
  • a passenger vehicle designed with a seating capacity for 11 or more persons, including the driver
  • a school bus designed with a seating capacity for 11 or more persons, including the driver

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2. Do I need to get a Safety Fitness Certificate?

If you operate a heavy vehicle that is not used exclusively for personal purposes, then you must obtain a Safety Fitness Certificate.

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3. How do I get a Safety Fitness Certificate?

The Motor Carrier Division issues Safety Fitness Certificates free of charge. Applications are available online.

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4. When do I need to get a Safety Fitness Certificate?

You have 30 days from the effective date of your renewal or reassessment to obtain a Safety Fitness Certificate. For example: If the effective date of your registration renewal is November 5, 2015, you will have until December 5, 2015 to obtain a Safety Fitness Certificate and meet all applicable safety program requirements.

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5. Are my registration fees going to go up if I need a Safety Fitness Certificate?

No. The requirement to hold a Safety Fitness Certificate and vehicle registration fees are not linked.

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6. Why is the safety program being expanded to more heavy vehicles?

Manitoba’s safety standards for heavy vehicles are not equitably applied. Currently, the operators of public service vehicle and commercial truck-plated vehicles must comply with nationally recognized safety standards; many other heavy vehicle operators do not. Expanding the safety requirements to more heavy vehicles is expected to improve road safety for all.

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7. What if I already have a Safety Fitness Certificate?

The Motor Carrier Division has contacted all heavy T-plate and heavy passenger vehicle-plate operators to advise that of the heavy vehicle safety program expansion. If you already hold a SFC because you operate public service vehicles and/or commercial truck plated vehicles, you do not need to obtain another SFC. However, all your T-plated trucks and heavy passenger vehicles must meet the applicable program requirements, (ex: the driver of a heavy T-plated truck must comply with hours of service requirements.)

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8. What is a safety rating?

Based on information compiled in the Carrier Profile System about vehicle inspections and maintenance, convictions, accidents and related data, you are assigned a safety rating. Operators must maintain a satisfactory or satisfactory unaudited safety rating. The Motor Carrier Division may impose improvement measures, fines and/or revoke a Safety Fitness Certificate when an operator fails to maintain a satisfactory rating.

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