National Safety Code for Carriers

Welcome to the National Safety Code for Carriers!

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


The training modules have been provided below to make it easier to navigate and can also be accessed from top menu for your convenience. You can work through the course in seqential order or directly access any page of the site by using the Site Map. To get started, read the Course Overview below.


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.

Module 1

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.

Module 2

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 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'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.

Module 3

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. It’s worthwhile to return to these regulations for further understanding and clarification of Hours of Service regulations.

Module 4

CVSA Inspections
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:

  • repairs
  • maintenance service
  • failed inspections and the reasons
  • repairs made following inspections
  • re-inspections

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.

Module 5

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.

Additional Resources of Interest

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.



Course Overview

Course Objectives

Parts of the Course

Course Expectations

What is the National Safety Code?

Why Follow the National Safety Code?

What is a Safety Plan?

Module 1: Setting Up Your Business Records


Record Keeping

Risks of Poor Record Keeping

How Records Help you Comply

Activity One: Setting up the Office

Maintaining Your Records

Activitiy Two: File Matchup

For More Information

Module One Self-Assessment

Module One Summary

Module 2: Driver Requirements


Before You Hire a Driver

Hiring Policies

Cautions When Hiring

Employment Applications

Driver Abstracts

N print: What am I Looking at?

Deal Breakers on the Abstract

Activity 1: Hiring Your Driver

Once You've Hired a Driver

Activity 2: Driver Check Sheet Checkup

Setting Driver Policies

Sample Disipline Policy

Activity 3: Driver Policy

Driver Files

When a Driver Moves Companies

Training Drivers

Hiring Consultants

Activity 4: Putting a Training Plan in Place

Module Two Self-Assessment

Module Two Summary

Module 3: Hours of Service


Why Do We Have Hours of Service Rules?

The Basic HOS Rules

The Rules of Day and Work Shift

On-duty and Off-duty

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)

The Driving Cycle

Driving Cycle Rules Recap

Activity 3: Driving Cycle Rules

Activity 4: Practice Recording a Driving Cycle

Questions about the Basic Rules

Hours of Service and the EOBR

Supporting Documents

Activity 5: Check for Supporting Documents


Record the Deferral

Activity 6: Practice Recording Deferral

Monitoring HOS

How Does Monitoring Help?

Checking Daily Logs

How to Check the Daily Log

If you Find a Violation

Filing Daily Logs

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

Beyond the Basics

Do You Transport Logs?

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?

Personal Use

Module 3 Self Assessment

Module 3 Summary

Module 4: Vehicle Maintenance


What are Your Obligations for Vehicle Maintenance?

Good Vehicle Maintenance

Written Maintenance Plans

Keep Record of Maintenance Done

Make a Schedule

Activity 1: Make Your Schedule

Vehicle Inspections

Why do Trip Inspections?

Who Does Trip Inspections?

When Does My Driver Do a Trip Inspection?

How to Do a Trip Inspection

Activity 3: What to Look For on a Trip Inspection

How to Record the Inspection

Activity 4: Recording the Trip Inspection

Keeping Trip Inspection Reports

Record Keeping

Electronic Score Cards Help Maintenance and Safety

Module Four Self-Assessment

Module Four Summary

Module 5: Monitoring Carrier Safety Practices


How Your NSC Operation is Monitored

What is my Carrier Profile?

How is my Safety Rated?

Activity 1: Understanding a Carrier Profile Report

Carrier Report Tour

What if there is incorrect information on my Carrier Profile?

How Can I Access My Carrier Profile

Activity 2: Practice Accessing Your Carrier Profile


Types of Monitoring

Activity 2: What to Expect

Activity 3: Case Study: A Carrier Responds to Monitoring

Carrier Profiles and Customers

How Can I Improve?

Monitoring and EOBRs


Completing the Safety Plan

Module 5 Self-Assessment

Module Five Summary

Final Assessment for National Safety Code for Carriers Online Training

Course Summary


Web resources