The Truth About CVIP Inspections

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Fleets that include cross-border service to Canada have even more to offer customers than ones that deal with freight exclusively in the U.S. Plus, extending your service area to the Great White North gives you access to more freight from more markets. As a result, revenues increase. There are a number of things to know about getting Canadian authority. The CVIP inspection is one element you cannot overlook. Just as the U.S. has safety conditions, Canada has its own rules and regulations.

What is a CVIP Inspection?

CVIP stands for Commercial Vehicle Inspection Program. Put in place by the Canadian government, the inspection ensures all fleet vehicles that trek across Canadian highways are properly maintained and safe. During a CVIP inspection, a certified inspector assesses a vehicle. He’ll check the lights, steering, and even the defroster. It’s a thorough exam. The inspector looks at the brakes, tires, and exhaust system from the top and under the truck. Vehicles that pass receive a certificate for the owner or driver and a decal for the window. A CVIP inspection is analogous to the Federal Annual DOT inspections in the U.S.

What Does a CVIP Cost?

Fleets should check with their usual heavy duty shop to see if their techs are CVIP certified. If they are, the techs can perform the CVIP inspection when they’re taking care of PMs or checking vehicles for USDOT safety compliance. Inspection prices vary from shop to shop, and they may charge separate prices for trucks and trailers. However, average pricing starts out around $100 to $200.

Why Does a CVIP Inspection Matter?

If your fleet meets USDOT safety standards, you might wonder if it’s necessary to get a CVIP inspection. For fleets that travel to and through Canada even infrequently, the answer is “yes.” You’ll need those stickers in truck windows so enforcement agencies and officers know at a glance that your vehicles meet the standards. Without them, trucks going through weigh stations and crossing the border might have to go through a roadside inspection.

Without a current CVIP inspection, suspicion of defects arises. Delays occur while those trucks undergo a mechanical inspection or make repairs. Some vehicles are removed from the road. In the freight business, time off the road costs the fleet money. As a result, getting an annual CVIP inspection is well worth the effort and the minimal price.

Expediting the Process

Managing a fleet is a busy job. There are a lot of duties. However, for those who don’t need one more item on their “to-do” list, there’s good news. Thanks to fleet management software, a CVIP inspection can be done electronically. Programs like Fullbay can have a CVIP inspection sheet built right in. That ensures certified techs can verify that vehicles meet the CVIP requirements and guidelines.

What’s more, the software tracks every truck’s service records, keeping all the important information at the ready. Having the searchable history and the specific CVIP inspection sheet at the tech’s fingertips expedites the process. Therefore, it’s almost effortless to certify your fleet and keep in in compliance.


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