Motor Vehicle Inspections
The Highway Safety Division manages the Motor Vehicle Inspection Program and responds to questions and complaints and monitors the day to day program delivery.
The motor vehicle inspection program is delivered by provincially licensed technicians employed at provincially licensed private repair shops throughout the province.
In Prince Edward Island, an annual motor safety inspection is required on all motor vehicles and trailers (with gross mass over 450 kilograms) registered in the province and operating on the highway. All commercial vehicles over 4,500 kg must also have a valid inspection. All buses must be inspected at least once every six months.
In the case of light trucks, vans, taxis and private passenger vehicles, the technicians ensure that vehicles are in compliance with standards and requirements mandated in the Official Inspection Station Manual.
In the case of commercial vehicles with gross mass over 4,500 kilograms, including trucks, truck-tractors, trailers and buses, the technicians ensure vehicles comply with requirements mandated in the newest version of National Safety Code, Standard 11 (Periodic Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspections). This document is available for purchase from the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators.
Read the Motor Vehicle Inspection Regulations
- Catalytic converters must be present on all private passenger vehicles and light trucks manufactured after 1989.
- Daytime running lights must be present and operational on all vehicles manufactured after 1989.
- The Highway Traffic Act prohibits after-market window tint beside or in front of the driver of any motor vehicle registered in the province and operated on the highway.
- The maximum allowable vehicle height increase for any modified vehicle is limited to ten (10) centimetres or four (4) inches of lift, regardless of whether it is body lift, suspension lift or increased tire size.
- Hard-tail motorcycles must be approved and certified by an engineer with automotive expertise before registering for highway operation in the province.
- Any vehicle modification that changes the original intended operation of mass of any motor vehicle must first receive the approval and certification of an engineer with automotive expertise before registering for highway operation in the province.
- Motor vehicles including passenger cars, taxicabs, station wagons and any truck, bus or motor home having a single rear axle designed for two wheels – cost is $30.00
- Trailers and semi-trailers not equipped with brakes – cost is $18.00
- Motorcycles - $30.00
- Re-inspection (if repair work not done by station that conducted the original inspection) – cost is $18.00
Commercial Vehicle Inspection
Fees are calculated using the advertised hourly shop labour rate. The fee charged is calculated by using the advertised hourly shop labour rate charged by the motor vehicle inspection station is multiplied by the maximum allowable shop time.
- Trucks, buses and motor homes equipped with hydraulic brakes and having one or two rear axles, each designed for four wheels. Maximum allowable shop time is 90 minutes.
- Trailers or semi-trailers equipped with electric or hydraulic brakes. Maximum allowable shop time is 45 minutes.
- Trucks, buses or motor homes equipped with air brakes and having a single rear axle designed for four wheels or two rear axles. Maximum allowable shop time is 90 minutes.
- Trailers or semi-trailers or A, B or C trailer dollies equipped with air brakes. Maximum allowable shop time is 45 minutes.
- Farm trucks. Maximum allowable shop time is 45 minutes.
- Commercial vehicle inspection includes a compulsory brake component measurement of drum diameter/lining thickness that must be recorded and documented at least once every twenty-four (24) months.
The complete list of motor vehicle inspection fees can be found in Fees Regulations.
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers conduct roadside inspections on commercial vehicles at several locations throughout the province as well as the scale facilities. The Department of Transportation, Infrastructure and Energy employs officers that are certified to conduct Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspections, ensuring that drivers and vehicles are in compliance with all mandatory requirements.
For more information, visit the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).
Salvage Vehicle Inspection Program
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Make sure the car you plan to purchase hasn't been through a disaster. Visit the Insurance Bureau of Canada to verify if your vehicle has been flood damaged.
The Salvage Vehicle Inspection Program came into effect on May 1, 2013. The program is based on Section 234.1 of the Highway Traffic Act.
A "Salvage vehicle" means any vehicle which is damaged by collision, fire, accident, trespass or other occurrence to the extent that the cost of repairing the vehicle for legal operation on the highway exceeds its fair market value.
Related Legislation: Motor Vehicle Inspection Regulations
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