Changes were made to the requirements for motorcycle registration as part of traffic safety law changes made in June 2014. The following are some common questions and answers to help you better understand these changes.
Questions and Answers
Why did SGI implement a motorcycle inspection program?
The motorcycle inspection program was implemented based on the recommendation of the Motorcycle Review Committee, a group tasked with finding effective solutions for dealing with motorcycle safety issues.
When did the inspection requirement come into effect?
Motorcycle inspections are required starting June 18, 2014, for certain vehicles.
Under what circumstances would a motorcycle be subject to an inspection requirement?
An inspection will be required in the following situations:
- First-Time Registered - A motorcycle that is registered in Saskatchewan for the first time or for the first time after previously being registered in another jurisdiction.
Note: First retail sale motorcycles that are accompanied by a New Vehicle Information Statement (NVIS) are exempt from the inspection requirement.
- Total Loss Vehicle - A motorcycle that has been deemed a total loss through an insurance claim process in Saskatchewan or any other jurisdiction.
- Police Demand - An inspection can be requested by law enforcement if the motorcycle appears to not be in compliance with The Vehicle Equipment Regulations.
Is there both a structural and mechanical inspection, similar to light vehicles?
No, there is only a mechanical inspection for motorcycles, which incorporates a visual inspection of the structural and body components of the vehicle (i.e., frame, swing arm, forks, gas tank, fenders).
Is there a requirement to have a motorcycle re-inspected periodically?
No, not unless the motorcycle once again becomes first-time registered, a total loss vehicle, or subject to a police demanded inspection.
What is the best way to know if a motorcycle requires an inspection prior to purchasing it?
For motorcycles that were last registered in Saskatchewan, you can use the free VIN search tool. For motorcycles that were last registered in another jurisdiction, a Cross Canada VIN Search is available through any SGI motor licence issuer for $10.
Where can I have a motorcycle inspection completed?
SGI has a number of certified motorcycle inspection stations throughout the province. Please contact Vehicle Standards and Inspection at 1-800-667-8015 ext. 6188 for a list of stations.
What is the cost of a motorcycle inspection?
The motorcycle inspection station is permitted to charge 1 times their posted shop labour rate. The inspection does not include any repairs to the vehicle.
What does the inspection entail?
The motorcycle inspection is a one hour visual examination of the structural and body components of the vehicle (e.g., frame, swing arm, forks, gas tank, fenders).
Does the inspection requirement apply to vintage motorcycles?
First-time registered vehicles older than 30 years are not subject to an inspection requirement. However, an inspection would be required on a total loss vintage (or modified vintage) motorcycle.
What if I purchase a total loss motorcycle from Salvage prior to the effective date of June 18, 2014?
Total loss motorcycles purchased prior to June 18, 2014, will not require an inspection.
Will SGI accept an inspection that was completed in another jurisdiction?
Where possible, SGI works with other Canadian jurisdictions to accept their government-sanctioned vehicle inspections for registration of out-of-province vehicles in Saskatchewan. Inspections are approved by SGI on a case-by-case basis.
What are the benefits of motorcycle inspections?
Provincial vehicle inspection programs ensure vehicles being registered for use on Saskatchewan's roads are in safe operating condition to reduce the risk of crashes resulting from mechanical defects, ensure rebuilt total-loss vehicles are repaired correctly before being put back on the road, and to protect customers from unknowingly purchasing potentially unsafe or stolen vehicles.