Defect Detectives: the 2015 Alberta Inspectors Championship


Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers test their skills and knowledge for top honours

A bit of friendly competition between colleagues can be a great thing, especially when there’s more on the line than just bragging rights. With a little incentive, everyone is driven to be better at what they do. This is the idea behind the Alberta Inspectors Championship (AIC).

Alberta’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE) Officers are responsible for ensuring vehicles over 4,500 kilograms are safe for the road. They do this by inspecting these vehicles to see whether they are in good working order, whether their cargo is properly secured and whether the people driving them are qualified to do so. This means the officers have to know quite a lot about all the different parts that make up these trucks, how to safely transport many different kinds of cargo, and how to conduct an inspection quickly and efficiently.

At the AIC, we get to find out who knows the most and who can do the best inspection while being timed. The Grand Champion gets to represent Alberta at the North American Inspectors Championship (NAIC) where officers from across North America compete to determine the best commercial vehicle inspector on the continent.

In order to get a good score in this inspection challenge, the competitor must find all of the defects on this semi truck.

In order to get a good score in this inspection challenge, the competitor must find all of the defects on this semi truck.

The 22nd annual Alberta Inspectors Championship (AIC) recently took place at Westerner Park in Red Deer.  Competitors were faced with a series of unique challenges designed to test them in a variety of areas. For example, they examined a commercial truck and trailer combination and a motorcoach, all with mechanical defects hidden throughout. To get a good score, they had to identify everything that’s wrong within a set time. In another test, they had to demonstrate that they can effectively inspect a cargo tank carrying dangerous goods. The competitors were also graded on their level of professionalism when interacting with the drivers of these vehicles.

At the championship, all contestants were provided with a full day of training on the newest safety techniques and technologies. They perfected their new and improved skills at the competition, and now they will put them to good use on Alberta’s highways to help increase the safety of all road users.

Every year, the competition is held in conjunction with the Alberta Motor Transport Association’s Provincial Truck Driving Championship, which means officers have a chance to network with drivers and discuss their ideas for working together to make Alberta roads safer.

A Commerical Vehicle Enforcement Officer gets down to business inspecting the underside of a trailer during a timed inspection challenge.

A Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer gets down to business inspecting the underside of a trailer during a timed inspection challenge.

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