Government of New Brunswick


Motor Vehicle Inspections are required to ensure that all motor vehicles meet required safety standards.


All passenger cars and trucks require an annual inspection. Taxis and buses are inspected twice a year.


Regular inspections encourage vehicle safety by checking key equipment such as brakes and steering, so that critical maintenance issues may be addressed.

Mechanic's responsibilities

Listed below are the parts of a vehicle that should be inspected by the mechanic during an inspection on a passenger vehicle:

1. The body, and seat belt assemblies
2. The windshield and windows
3. The horn
4. The windshield wipers
5. The rear-view mirror
6. The lighting systems
7. The exhaust system
8. The brake system
9. The steering system
10. The suspension system
11. The wheels and tires
12. The coupling system

Listed below are the areas of a vehicle that are inspected by a mechanic during an inspection on a Bus, Truck and/or Tractor Trailer vehicles:

1. Power Train
2. Suspension
3. Hydraulic Brakes
4. Air Brakes
5. Steering
6. Instruments and Auxiliary Equipment (i.e. Windshield wipers)
7. Lamps
8. Electric System
9. Body
10. Tire and Wheels
11. Couplers and Hitches

Fraudulent Stickers

Displaying a fraudulent or stolen inspection sticker is a violation of the Motor Vehicle Act, Section 250(4). An individual doing so would be subject to a fine of $292, and depending on the circumstances, police may lay additional charges under the Criminal Code of Canada related to theft or fraud, which would result in more serious penalties.

Rejection Stickers

The rejection sticker issued by garages extends the period of inspection to 14 days, but does not exempt the owner of the vehicle from equipment violations, such as faulty lights, during that period. The intent is to provide time to make repairs and have the vehicle re-inspected (at no extra cost).

The rejection sticker does not indicate the vehicle is safe, and does not exempt a driver from penalties if the vehicle is in a state of disrepair that jeopardizes safety.

Changes To Fees

This document provides the rationale supporting changes to fees, associated revenue information, and the legal authority:


Unless otherwise specified, Fees exclude the harmonized sales tax (HST).

Fee DescriptionRate in $Effective Date
Passenger, station wagon, family motor coach, antique, light commercial, recreational trailers (tent, travel, boat, etc.) (per year) 35.002015-09-01
Taxi (per six months)35.002015-09-01
Utility trailer (per year)25.002015-09-01
Medium commercial and farm truck 2250 kg to 3499 kg unladen curb (per year) 40.002015-09-01
Semi-trailer, trailer and pole trailer with an assigned or configured gross vehicle mass of 1500 kg or more (per year) 40.002015-09-01
Truck tractor, commercial trucks 3500 kg or more unladen curb mass except farm truck (maximum per year) 140.002015-09-01
Bus, school bus or contracted conveyance2015-09-01
  Up to 3499 kg unladen curb mass (per six months) 40.002015-09-01
  3500 kg or more unladen curb mass (per year) 65.002015-09-01
Farm Truck2015-09-01
  Up to 2249 kg unladen curb mass (per year)35.002015-09-01
  3500 kg or more unladen curb mass (per year)65.002015-09-01
Replacement of Inspection Sticker11.002015-09-01
Certificate of Rejection0.001998-01-01
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