About Vehicle Standards and Inspections

Vehicle Standards and Inspections (VSI) is responsible for Manitoba’s vehicle inspection standards, and oversees administration of the vehicle inspection programs that are currently in place. Inspections help ensure vehicles are safe and meet the equipment requirements set out in The Highway Traffic Act.

These standards are important when buying or importing a vehicle, modifying a vehicle or rebuilding a write-off.

VSI also looks after the licensing and control of vehicle dealers, to help ensure that dealers conduct their business within legislated requirements, and to maintain an orderly marketplace for Manitobans through investigation and arbitration of consumer complaints relating to the safe operating condition of motor vehicles.

Manitobans who wish to file a complaint about a government inspection station, or dealership, can contact Vehicle Standards and Inspections at 204-985-0920 or toll-free at 1-866-323-0542.

About inspections

A Certificate of Inspection (COI) ensures that a vehicle meets minimum equipment and performance standards before being operated on a roadway. Those standards are outlined in the Manitoba Vehicle Inspection Handbook.

When a vehicle passes an inspection, it receives a COI. A valid COI is required to register a used vehicle or any vehicle brought into Manitoba.

A COI shows that at the time of inspection, the vehicle met minimum standards. It does not provide a warranty and does not indicate how long any vehicle component may remain in safe and working condition.

There are about 1,000 facilities throughout Manitoba licensed to perform vehicle inspections. For further information on authorized vehicle safety inspection stations, or if you are dissatisfied with your safety inspection, contact a Vehicle Standards and Inspections office.

Roadside inspections

Vehicles are required to meet certain standards to pass inspections for registration. However, the law requires that vehicles always meet minimum standards. Law enforcement agencies throughout Manitoba conduct roadside inspection programs to ensure vehicles are properly maintained and meet those minimum standards for safety. VSI cooperates with law enforcement agencies in roadside vehicle inspections to inspect critical components and systems that may pose imminent safety concerns. View a roadside vehicle inspection report form.

Periodic mandatory inspections

Mandatory vehicle safety inspections are required every six months for:

  • public service vehicle (PSV) buses
  • regulated passenger vehicles (non-PSV) that are a school bus or rental vehicle

Mandatory vehicle safety inspections are required every 12 months for:

  • trucks including truck tractors with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 4,500 kg or more
  • ambulances with a GVWR of 4,500 kg or more
  • stretcher transportation vehicles with a GVWR of 4,500 kg or more
  • regulated passenger vehicles (that are not a PSV bus, school bus or rental vehicle)
  • trailers, including semi-trailers, with a GVWR of 4,500 kg or more
  • trailer converter dollies with a GVWR of 4,500 kg or more

Vehicles excluded from periodic mandatory vehicle inspection requirements include:

  • farm trailers
  • truck tractors registered as a farm truck with a GVWR that is less than 21,952 kg
  • motor vehicles or trailers designed/modified for the purpose of mobile living accommodation
  • regulated passenger vehicles (non-PSV) that are owned by an individual and used solely for personal transportation
  • new vehicles in transit from one facility of the manufacturer to another, or from a facility of the manufacturer to a wholesale distributor or dealer
  • motor vehicles registered and restricted to use on highways in and adjoining a remote community
  • motor vehicles registered as the antique vehicles registration category
  • motor vehicles used in a public transportation system owned by or operated on behalf of the City of Winnipeg or City of Brandon