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Winnipeg Police Service

Vehicle Inspection Unit

The Vehicle Inspection Unit is responsible for the enforcement of commercial vehicle and light vehicle laws within Winnipeg city limits. Their mandate is to enhance vehicle safety through education and enforcement.

The unit also provides escorts for oversized loads and presents safety lectures to trucking companies. The officers also assist the public by answering questions about commercial vehicles, as well as passenger vehicles.

All Vehicle Inspection Unit officers are trained Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) Inspectors. This qualifies them to conduct cursory mechanical inspections on commercial vehicles and enforce transportation industry legislation, including driver qualification, hours of operation, mechanical fitness, load/cargo security and the transportation of dangerous goods.

For assistance you can also go to any Winnipeg Police Service facility and request the information be forwarded to the Vehicle Inspection Unit.



Bylaws and Regulations

Current information for these bylaws can be found on the City of Winnipeg Public Works site.

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Oversized Loads

Oversized loads require police escorts. Operators of oversized vehicles or loads must obtain an over-dimensional permit and arrange for an escort before moving within city limits.

Maximum Legal Height

  • 4.15 m (13 ft. 6 in.) from the road surface, providing there is sufficient clearance under bridges or structures for the vehicle and the load to clear safely.

Note: Not all bridges in Winnipeg have vertical clearances that are 4.15 m. See the Truck Route Map for a listing of all vertical clearance listings.

Maximum Legal Width

  • 2.6 m (8 ft 6 in) measured at the widest point of the vehicle or load.

Maximum Length

  • 12.5 m (41 ft) for any single unit (including load)
  • 20 m (65 ft) for truck/trailer and semi-trailer ( including load )
  • 23 m (75 ft) for tractor/double trailers

See Manitoba Regulation 575/88 for more details on weights and dimensions

The Vehicle Inspection Unit requires a minimum of three days' notice to arrange an escort.  Copies of the Permit and Escort Request must be received by the Vehicle Inspection Unit no later than the end of business on the day prior to the scheduled escort.  The carrier is responsible to ensure that the Vehicle Inspection Unit has received all required documentation.

To obtain a special permit and for the latest information on fees, contact Manitoba Motor Carrier Permits and Development for more information at 204-945-3961 or toll free 1-877-812-0009. Note that this special permit is only applicable in The City of Winnipeg.

To arrange an escort, contact the Winnipeg Police Service Vehicle Inspection Unit at 204-986-8003, seven days a week between 7:30 am and 4:00 pm.  Fax number is 204-986-4697.  These numbers are for over-dimensional escorts only, general vehicle inspection related questions should be directed to 204-794-4711.
Overdimensional Load

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Overweight Vehicles

The City of Winnipeg also requires overweight vehicles to have a permit. The Manitoba government establishes the maximum gross weight for particular axle and wheel configurations, which the City of Winnipeg adopts to minimize road damage.

To obtain a special permit and for the latest information on fees, contact Manitoba Motor Carrier Permits and Development for more information at 204-945-3961 or toll free 1-877-812-0009. Note that this special permit is only applicable in The City of Winnipeg.

To apply for the permit you must provide the following information:
  • GVW
  • Wheel and axle configuration
  • Proposed routes
  • Start and destination
  • Vehicles applying for permit are subject to inspection by the Vehicle Inspection Unit
Truck Route
NOTE: The city of Winnipeg has a number of WEIGHT RESTRICTED bridges throughout the city.
See the Designated Truck Route Map for restrictions. PDF
Not a Truck Route
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Unsecured Load
Unsecured Load

Links & Resources

Commercial Vehicle Regulation Links


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