Vehicle inspections are just a part of owning and operating a vehicle in Canada, but they can be confusing for people who are new to them. Certain vehicles require them, while others seem to have different rules. So, how do you know which ones require what?
What Vehicles Must Undergo Inspection
In Canada, all new and used vehicles have to undergo inspection. The timing for these inspections may vary, but they are required. This applies to all typical passenger or civilian cars, trucks, and vans you may encounter on the road.
There are some vehicles that are exempt from the typical inspection. If you have a certified antique vehicle, a mobile home, a vehicle designated and clearly labeled as Slow Moving, passenger busses, vehicles weighing over 4500kg, and vehicles with a valid New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island inspection sticker are all exempt from the typical inspection sticker laws. If you have questions on if your vehicle qualifies, speak with a dealer or your local law enforcement.
Vehicle Inspection Stickers
There are two types of stickers, new and used. The main difference is that a new sticker will typically have a three year expiration date, while a used sticker will have a two year date. If you have a vehicle that was purchased privately, it should also have a used sticker.