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Transport Canada Performing More Audits


Transport Canada’s (TC) Road Safety compliance inspectors have always had the mandate to perform audits on Canadian vehicle manufacturers and importers per the Motor Vehicle Safety Act.  Their powers in this regard are quite extensive and they have many tools at their disposal to ensure that only safe, compliant vehicles enter Canada’s public road system.  These tools include fines, impounding of vehicles and suspension of a company’s National Safety Mark or importation pre-clearance.


Over the past few months TC Motor Vehicle Regulation Enforcement has seen the addition of new enforcement officers and subsequently the number of in-house and paper audits of vehicle manufactures has increased, as can be attested by some CTEA members.


The audits, whether by an auditor visiting your premises, or by an auditor requesting documents be sent to Ottawa for review are aimed to determine whether the vehicles being manufactured comply with the requirements of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act and Regulations.


So, the key to having a pleasant interaction with Transport Canada and a successful audit is to ensure all files for all manufactured vehicles are up-to-date and complete, with all the necessary reports and documentation to prove that each and every vehicle manufactured is indeed compliant


Now would be a good time to perform a self audit of your compliance file system.


If you would like CTEA’s assistance with this, simply contact the CTEA office and speak with either Jeremy Harrower or Don Moore to discuss your situation and possibly arrange for a third party audit by CTEA staff.



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The Canadian Transportation Equipment Association (CTEA) works with small, medium and large trailer and vocational truck manufacturers through programs and services that are tailored to enhance its members' manufacturing capabilities. The Association manages to do so by helping members understand and comply with legislated requirements, e.g. vehicle weights & dimensions, the Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and many other compliance issues. In addition, CTEA has developed partnerships with service providers that can assist with HR issues, employee benefit programs and other business concerns.

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