This course contains five modules that should take approximately six to eight hours to complete. It includes videos, downloadable files, and online activities. Return to the CVSE National Safety Code page.
To get started, read the Course Overview
Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement
The site provides general information affecting commercial carriers, vehicle inspection programs, National Safety Code information, and contains various publications and reference materials.
About the National Safety Code
Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement’s main page on the National Safety Code.
Carrier Safety Guide: Meeting Your National Safety Code Obligations in British Columbia
Read more about record keeping in “Section 2: Setting Up Your Business Records.”
Premium Carrier Program
A program to recognize and reward trucking firms for exceptional safety practices.
Record Keeping At-a-Glance
Download the form here.
Requesting a Driver Abstract
Visit this ICBC page to request an N Print (The National Safety Code Abstract, or a driver’s record for commercial drivers).
Driver Check Sheets
https://www.cvse.ca/NSC-Course/pdf/Driver Check Sheet.pdf
A program to recognize and reward A blank driver check sheet for you to use in your driver records.
License Classes and Types (ICBC’s overview)
There are different types of licences for different needs. Your drivers will need a commercial licence. This web page details the type of commercial licence they will need, depending on what type of vehicle they will drive.
Canadian Drivers’ License Reference Guide
https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/sites/fmcsa.dot.gov/files/docs/Canadian%20Driver's Licence Reference Guide Revised 2015.pdf
This guide identifies each of the 13 Canadian jurisdictions (10 provinces and 2 territories) and their driver licensing classification system. The content includes the driver licence class, type of vehicle permitted to operate, and restriction/endorsement codes.
Transportation of Dangerous Goods Training
Transport Canada’s information on training for TDG, including guidelines on training, and sample certificates.
Transport Canada Motor Vehicle Safety
Transport Canada works with industry and government partners to propose and enforce National Safety Standards. They establish the safety fitness requirements by which provinces and territories regulate motor carriers under federal jurisdiction. They also regulate drivers’ hours of service to prevent accidents due to fatigue.
CVSE: Hours of Service
Industry update, bulletins and circulars related to Hours of Service.
Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (Booklet 5)
A guide and plain language summary to help you understand some of the laws in British Columbia that affect the National Safety Code.
Motor Vehicle Act Regulations
The MVAR regarding National Safety Code.Â It’s worthwhile to return to these regulations for further understanding and clarification of Hours of Service regulations.
Site describes the elements of CVSA inspections at different levels.
CVSE Vehicle Inspections and Standards (CVIP)
Access to VIP online and information about the Vehicle Inspections & Standards Program.
Commercial Transport Program Inspection Stations
Inspection stations listed with the Commercial Transport Program.
Vehicle Maintenance Form
Download a copy of a Vehicle Maintenance Form. You may use this form to track:
TranBC’s YouTube Channel
TranBC’s YouTube channel offers videos on programs such as Weigh2 Go, transportation tips, including safe winter driving and how to put on chains, and more.
CVSE mobile App
Looking for an inspection station? Check the CVSE Mobile Ap.
ICBC’s guide for Tractor-trailer Combination Pre-trip Inspection
Starting on Page 200 of this document, there is a step-by-step procedure to follow for pre-trip inspections for commercial vehicles. From Chapter Ten of Driving Commercial Vehicles, the guide used to study for your commercial driver's licence.
Motor Vehicle Act Regulations
The MVAR regarding vehicle inspection and maintenance.
Accessing the Carrier Profile Online
Information about obtaining a BCeID and accessing your carrier profile.
CVSE Dispute Resolution
CVSE's dispute resolution process for Out of Service Declarations and Notice & Orders, in response to recommendations by the BCTA and the National Safety Code Task Force.
Register for Your BCeID
Site includes links to information on how to get three types of BCeID: Business, Personal, and Basic.
National Safety Code Audit Information (Booklet 6)
A guide and summary to help you understand some of the laws in British Columbia that affect the National Safety Code Carrier Audit.
CVSE Blitz in Delta (Trans BC YouTube)
Check out a video of the CVSE Inspection Blitz in Delta, BC to get a window into the process of random monitoring.
TranBC’s Commercial Vehicle-related Blog Stories
Blog stories from TranBC filtered for relevance to commercial vehicle drivers and carriers.
Commercial Transport Act
Full Commercial Vehicle Act online.
Motor Vehicle Act
Full Motor Vehicle Act online.
BCTA BC Trucking Association
BCTA is a member-based, province-wide, non-partisan, non-profit motor carrier association formed solely to advance the interests of British Columbia motor carriers.
Fuel-efficient Driving Techniques
Description: Driving for Fuel Economy. This federal online program of instruction uses videos to teach driving for fuel economy.
Commercial Vehicle Route Planner
The Commercial Vehicle Trip Planner function displays the shortest driving distance as provided by Google Maps.
What is the National Safety Code?
Why Follow the National Safety Code?
Activity One: Setting up the Office
N print: What am I Looking at?
Activity 1: Hiring Your Driver
Activity 2: Driver Check Sheet Checkup
Activity 4: Putting a Training Plan in Place
Why Do We Have Hours of Service Rules?
The Rules of Day and Work Shift
Rules for Driving, On-duty, and Off-duty Time
Activity 1: The Driving Day Rules
How to Record Hours of Service
Activity 2: Practice Recording Hours of Service for One Day
Electronic Onboard Recorders (EOBRs)
Activity 3: Driving Cycle Rules
Activity 4: Practice Recording a Driving Cycle
Questions about the Basic Rules
Activity 5: Check for Supporting Documents
Activity 6: Practice Recording Deferral
Activity 7: Check-in: Monitoring Daily Logs
Does Your Driver Use a Sleeper Berth?
Does your Driver Have a
Work Shift and Sleeper Berth Hours
Record Hours of Service in a Sleeper Berth
Activity 8: Sleeper Berth Practice
Do You Transport Equipment or Materials to or From a Gas or Oil Well?
What If My Driver Changes Their Schedule Because Of Adverse Driving Conditions Or An Emergency?
Do Your Drivers Travel Into Other Provinces And Territories?
What are Your Obligations for Vehicle Maintenance?
Keep Record of Maintenance Done
Activity 1: Make Your Schedule
When Does My Driver Do a Trip Inspection?
Activity 3: What to Look For on a Trip Inspection
Activity 4: Recording the Trip Inspection
Keeping Trip Inspection Reports
Electronic Score Cards Help Maintenance and Safety
How Your NSC Operation is Monitored
Activity 1: Understanding a Carrier Profile Report
What if there is incorrect information on my Carrier Profile?
How Can I Access My Carrier Profile
Activity 2: Practice Accessing Your Carrier Profile
Activity 3: Case Study: A Carrier Responds to Monitoring
Carrier Profiles and Customers