What is the National Safety Code?

As we mentioned at the start, the National Safety Code (NSC) is a set of national regulations supported by provincial law But what does that mean? Are regulations the same as law?

The NSC regulations are safety standards. The motor carrier industry must follow the standards as a set of rules. Standards in the National Safety Code have been made into law in British Columbia. The law describes how the standards are enforced.

Regulations have the same effect as law. If you don’t comply with either the laws or regulations, you could lose your certificate, and no longer be able to operate as a carrier.

Tip: For details about the NSC as it's applied in BC, refer to Division 37 of the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations or check the Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement website at cvse.ca