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When Do You Need a Certificate of Inspection (COI)?

You require a valid safety Certificate of Inspection (COI) to register a newly acquired vehicle in Manitoba. A COI confirms that, at the time of inspection, a vehicle met basic standards for operation in Manitoba, which are set out in the Vehicle Inspection Handbook.

A COI doesn’t include a detailed inspection of the engine or transmission and is not a guarantee of the overall quality of the vehicle. A COI provides a snapshot of the vehicle condition at the time of inspection. This condition can change over time and it is a good idea to have your vehicle fully inspected by a trusted mechanic before purchase.

When do you need a COI

A COI is required:

  • When ownership of a vehicle is transferred.
  • When bringing any vehicle into Manitoba. This includes vehicles owned by people moving to Manitoba.

The COI inspection

An inspector at one of Manitoba’s registered vehicle inspection stations signs a COI after a vehicle passes an inspection of components and systems, including:

  • Brakes
  • Suspension
  • Tires
  • Lights
  • Exhaust system
  • Seat belts
  • Steering
  • Other components and systems

There are three possible outcomes to the COI inspection:

Pass: The vehicle passes the inspection and receives a COI.

Advisement: The vehicle currently meets all minimum safety standards and receives a COI. However, the advisement notes that specified components will soon require servicing or repair.

Fail: The vehicle does not meet certain standards. The vehicle must undergo specified repairs and pass a re inspection before a COI can be issued.

In Winnipeg, Western Turbo is a certified inspection station for automobiles, light duty trucks, heavy duty trucks, RVs, buses up to 24 passenger and also ambulances and handicap vehicles. We can also perform safety inspections on modified and lifted vehicles.To learn more about the inspection process, please contact us.

Manitoba Vehicle Safety Inspection Legislation

Did you know that certain vehicles are mandated in Manitoba to be safety inspected every 12 months? That’s right, in order to keep our roads safe and to identify potentially dangerous vehicles before they take to the road, Manitoba has implemented a vehicle safety inspection program. If your vehicle is in one of the categories listed below, you need to get a COI (Certificate of Inspection) each year:

  • Trucks over 4,500 kg GVWR.
  • Truck tractors under 21,953 kg GVWR.
  • Truck tractors registered for farm use, over 21,953 kg GVWR.
  • Trailers with a GVWR of 4,500kg or more (except RV or farm trailers).
  • Buses operated by non-profit organizations or churches.
  • Semi trailers or trailer converted dollies.

For the purpose of ensuring that all vehicles operated on public roads meet established safety standards, the Manitoba Government requires each vehicle be taken to a licensed inspection station periodically for a safety inspection. Safety issues such as brakes, tires, lights, steering, suspension, and body integrity are included in the safety inspection.

The Diesel Service Centre at Western Turbo is a licensed Manitoba Public Insurance Inspection Station, with technicians on staff who will perform a full safety inspection on your vehicle. Book your next inspection with us.