IRP Nova Scotia

Running a profitable trucking business may seem like an easy thing to do. However, there are a lot of legal requirements that you need to fulfill before you can start hauling commodities. That’s the genesis of all troubles in this industry. The truth is, it doesn’t have to be as hard for you. Knowing how to maneuver your way around the seemingly complicated IRP reporting can help you succeed where others fail. But wait! What exactly is IRP?

Understanding IRP

IRP is an acronym for International Registration Plan. It refers to a federally-encouraged program that allows carriers to register in multiple states in the U.S. and several provinces in Canada. Its primary goal is to simplify legal compliance procedures and promote economic efficiency in all member jurisdictions.

IRP Nova Scotia Registration

Nova Scotia issues two IRP plates, each bearing the same registration number. These are what you attach to the front and back of your registered motor vehicle. To qualify for IRP registration in, however, your commercial motor vehicle must;

  • Have a minimum of 17,974 kg GVW; or
  • Be a power unit and trailer with a combined GVW of over 17,974 kg, or
  • Have at least three axles, no matter the weight; and
  • Be operating in Nova Scotia and at least one more member jurisdiction.

Other Operation Requirements Include:

  • An International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) number for vehicles with gross vehicle weight over 11, 973 kg
  • A USDOT number for trucks operating in U.S. jurisdictions
  • Proof of insurance
  • Appropriate vehicle inspections approvals
  • Other operating requirements include Safety Fitness Certificate, NSC number, etc.

Vehicles Exempt From IRP Registration

Government-owned vehicles, recreational vehicles, vehicles displaying restricted plates, SUVs, and passenger vans are not required to register under this plan. Trucks, truck-tractors, and buses used for chartered parties operating within the province only are also exempt from this program. As the registrant, however, you can still register them if you deem it necessary.

Nova Scotia IRP Renewal

In Nova Scotia, prorated vehicle renewal packages are mailed to all carriers approximately two months before expiration. The report comes this early to allow you time to;

  • Review your fleet information, and
  • Complete, sign, and send back before your account expires.

Therefore, confirm that every detail carefully before submitting your renewal applications. Inaccurate IRP reporting may result in maintenance of the wrong records if not incorrect fee assessments.

As a carrier based in Nova Scotia, you are required to submit the completed renewal (IRP1 and IRP2) forms the soonest possible to ensure your application is processed. If you want to make supplemental applications, be sure to include all supporting documents for additions, deletions or amendments.

Invoices are sent out upon receipt of your applications. After making the required payment, Nova Scotia IRP office issues you with two IRP license plates and a card for each truck.

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