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National Safety Code Standards

National Safety Code (NSC) Standards

* The National Safety Code (NSC) for Motor Carriers was developed by the member jurisdictions of CCMTA in conjunction with the motor carrier industry. The NSC standards are subject to periodic review by CCMTA members to enhance their effectiveness or respond to new regulatory issues.

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NSC Diagram 2020 EN

Available in electronic and print versions, see below for pricing.  

Item Description FREE PDF Download Product Code Print Version
National Safety Code
Full set of standards
Includes all standards listed below, segments by individual standard for easy reference.
Full PDF available upon request. NSC-E-FULL  $120.00 each
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Statement of Principles Provides an overview of the purpose, scope and definitiona used throughout the NSC Standard documentation.  pdfIcon 75 N/A  N/A
NSC Standard 1
Single Driver License Concept
A standard implemented by all jurisdictions which makes it an offence for a driver to hold more than one licence. In addition, a series of administrative procedures have been agreed upon to ensure driving infractions are assigned to a single licence and record. pdfIcon 75  N/A  N/A
NSC Standard 2
Knowledge and Performance Tests (Drivers)
Revised January 2020
The purpose of this standard is to ensure that applicants possess the fundamental knowledge and driving skills for the type of vehicle to be safely operated on Canadian roads. pdfIcon 75  NSC-E-STND2 $9.99 each
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NSC Standard 3
Driver Examiner Training Program
Revised January 2020

The purpose of this standard is to ensure that applicants possess the fundamental knowledge and skills for driver examiner training and testing for passenger vehicles, commercial or higher-class vehicles, motorcycles, and medically at-risk drivers.

Driver examiner standards assist in ensuring that examiners have met the minimum knowledge and skills training requirements for conducting licensing tests, with a focus on road and practical testing.

This standard has been developed based on a number of objectives:

  • To establish uniform performance standards for driver examiners.
  • To facilitate consistent driver examination across Canada.
  • To establish a system to ensure that driver examiners have and maintain the capability to perform their jobs competently.
pdfIcon 75  NSC-E-STND3 $9.99 each
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NSC Standard 4
Driver Licensing Classification
Revised January 2020

Note name change of standard: Driver Licensing Classification

The purpose of this standard is to designate classes of vehicles for driver licensing and prescribe the fundamental knowledge and skills for the type of vehicle to be safely operated on Canadian roads.

pdfIcon 75  NSC-E-STND4 $9.99 each
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NSC Standard 5
Self-Certification Standards and Procedures
A standard which outlines the criteria which must be met to permit carriers and driver training schools to train commercial drivers. pdfIcon 75  NSC-E-STND5 $9.99 each
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NSC Standard 6
Medical Standards for Drivers
RevisedFebruary 2021

The CCMTA Medical Standards for Drivers, initially Standard 6 of the National Safety Code for Motor Carriers, sets the medical criteria used to establish whether drivers are medically fit to drive. Addresses both private and commercial drivers. pdfIcon 75 MED-STD $15.99 each
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NSC Standard 7
Carrier and Driver Profiles - November 2002
A standard which is designed to provide jurisdictions with a record of driver and carrier performance in terms of compliance with safety rules and regulations. The standard supports enforcement activity to remove unsatisfactory drivers and carriers from service, and identifies the type of information which will be maintained on each commercial driver and carrier. pdfIcon 75 NSC-E-STND7 $9.99 each
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NSC Standard 8
Short-Term Suspension
A standard which describes the criteria for placing a driver out of service on a short-term (24 hour) basis when a peace officer has reasonable and probable grounds to believe the driver's ability is affected by alcohol or drugs. pdfIcon 75 N/A N/A
NSC Standard 9
Hours of Service

A standard which describes the number of hours a commercial driver can be on duty and operate a commercial vehicle. It outlines the requirement to complete daily logs, describes the various cycles of operation and sets out driver and carrier record keeping requirements.

Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations - Application Guide

pdfIcon 75 NSC-E-STND9 $9.99 each
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NSC Standard 10
Cargo Securement -
June 2013
A standard which outlines the specific requirements for securing loads to commercial vehicles to ensure they do not shift, move or spill onto the roadway. pdfIcon 75 NSC-E-STND10 $9.99 each
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NSC Standard 11
Commercial Vehicle Maintenance and Inspection (PMVI) -
Revised January 2020

A standard which outlines maintenance and periodic inspections. pdfIcon 75 NSC-E-STND11 $45.00 each
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NSC Standard 12
CVSA On-Road Inspections
A standard which contains the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance on-road inspection criteria. Copyright CVSA, Please contact the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance for a copy.   N/A N/A
NSC Standard 13
Trip Inspection - Updated March 2009
A standard which prescribes daily trip inspection requirements. The daily vehicle trip inspection standard is intended to ensure early identification of vehicle problems and defects, and to prevent the operation of vehicles with conditions that are likely to cause or contribute to a collision or vehicle breakdown. Daily vehicle trip inspection is a continuous process designed to protect drivers and alert carriers to mechanical problems. The general objective of daily vehicle trip inspections is to promote an improved level of safety and compliance in commercial vehicles operating on the highway. pdfIcon 75 NSC-E-STND13 $9.99 each
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NSC Standard 14
Safety Rating - August 2009
A standard which establishes the motor carrier safety rating framework by which each jurisdiction assesses the safety performance of motor carriers.  pdfIcon 75 NSC-E-STND14 $9.99 each
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NSC Standard 15
Facility Audits - December 2003
A standard which outlines the audit process used by jurisdictions to determine a carrier's level of compliance with all applicable safety standards.  pdfIcon 75 NSC-E-STND15 $9.99 each
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NSC Standard 16
Commercial Truck Driver Entry Level Training
(Class 1)
Revised January 2021
A standard designed to ensure that Class 1 commercial truck drivers are properly and consistently trained before they are licensed. pdfIcon 75 NSC-E-STND16

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Print versions of NSC standards are provided on a cost recovery basis. Please contact CCMTA for details.


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