What is an audit?

Background

Back in January of 1989, the National Safety Code (NSC), a federal and provincial commercial motor vehicle initiative, was implemented in British Columbia. Some of us can remember a time before 1989 when we did not have to worry about hours of service records, the most we had to worry about was tachometer or tach cards.

The five new elements that were added at that time where: requirements for a safety certificate; hours of service records; trip inspection reports; requirements for carriers to retain safety records; and carrier audits.

Goals and Objectives

To improve highway safety, to promote compliance with safety requirements in transporting people and goods across British Columbia. To

Protect the public from potential hazards due to unqualified or fatigued drivers. To reduce accidents by examining motor carrier operations and equipment that may be deemed unsafe. To ensure that they are complying with all relevant standards.

What is an Audit?

An audit reviews a carrier‘s records and safety practises to determine if the carrier is complying with NSC requirements.

Sometimes a carrier is audited as a spot check, or a random inspection to see how well the company is meeting it’s obligations, because of a poor on the road safety performance, at the request of an enforcement officer or at the request of a carrier.

Compliance with the requirements will be determined through a review of the carrier’s records and operating policies. This is done through a review of documentation.

The guide is available from any weighscale or on a ministry website:  www.th.gov.bc.ca/national_safety_code.htm

The booklet identifies minimum record keeping requirements for carriers in the following areas:

Driver profile, training and development.

Hours of service.

Commercial vehicle maintenance.

Safety practises.