National Safety Code


The National Safety Code (NSC) is a set of national standards supported by provincial regulations. The program establishes management and performance requirements for commercial carriers. The NSC standards establish minimum safety standards for commercial vehicles and drivers.

What vehicles are included in the National Safety Code Program?

  • Commercial vehicles licensed with a gross vehicle weight of more than 5,000 kg.
  • Vehicles operating under the Passenger Transportation Act.
  • Commercial Vehicles that have a seating capacity of 10 or more passengers plus the driver.

British Columbia’s program objective is to ensure that carriers maintain the minimum standards for their drivers and their vehicles, thus preserving road safety through lower numbers of safety related offences, vehicles out-of-service and, ultimately, crash rates. The rationale behind the program is that carriers are responsible for mechanical maintenance of their commercial vehicles and the actions of drivers over which they exercise control.

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