Q&A - Vehicle Inspection Order Questions
I am wondering if you could shed some light on my situation, I own a 1990 Nissan 240sx, that usually gets 1-3 VI's a year, usually box 1's but the occasional box 2.
Living in Richmond it is something I have grown to expect, but it is becoming ridiculous.. I am a automotive apprentice by trade, work on cars from people of all social status, income level and so on.. I am usually under my car once or twice a week making sure everything is happy, adding parts, replacing parts, what have you...
Where I have a hard time, is I see customers cars daily come into our shop, with loose tie-rod ends, sloppy ball joints, metal on metal brakes.. and those same vehicles leave with the same problems 50% of the time.. Problems I know my vehicle has none of..
Will that cavalier that leaves my shop ever get pulled over for having a loose tie rod? nope.. Will it ever get pulled over for a sloppy ball joint? How? Will that vehicle ever get pulled over because the brakes have 1mm of friction material left? you bet your bottom dollar they wont.. But my 20xxx$ car, That I race on the weekends is a harm to others on the roadway... It makes no logical sense..
I guess this brings me to my questions..
1. What training do officers have in relation to automobiles? Do they have any practical knowledge? or is it all a "officers discretion" situation?
2. I noticed icbc has registration for "modified" vehicles now, Will this exempt me from the hassles or even lessen them on the side of the road?
3. If I felt like this was an on going issue of abuse of power/lack of practical knowledge, who could I bring this up with? My local MLA? Icbc, What department of the RCMP?
I do understand my vehicle varies from the MVA In a couple sections. But none of which will cause other drivers on the highway any immediate danger, or any danger for that matter. I just want to get some answers, and maybe dig deeper into this issue and maybe sort something out that works for all parties involved.