National Safety Code


Permits and Registration

Special Permits are required for the operation of a vehicle or combination of vehicles, object, structure or load that exceeds the weight or dimensions specified in the Vehicles Regulations.

To operate a commercial motor vehicle that is not

  1. registered in Newfoundland and Labrador, or
  2. registered with the International Registration Plan (IRP) for Newfoundland and Labrador, you must obtain a single trip commercial vehicle registration.

Out Of Province Vehicles

Any qualified motor vehicle that is not registered in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador must either

  1. register with the International Fuel Tax Association (IFTA), or
  2. obtain a fuel tax single trip permit.

Vehicles Registered in Newfoundland and Labrador

Any qualified motor vehicle that is registered in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and that will be traveling outside the Province must either

  1. register with the International Fuel Tax Association (IFTA), or
  2. obtain a fuel tax single trip permit from the applicable jurisdictions where travel will occur.

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Vehicle Dimension and Weight Regulations

To be registered in Newfoundland and Labrador, as required, a vehicle must meet the axle configuration requirements as stipulated in the Vehicles Regulations of the Highway Traffic Act.

In Newfoundland and Labrador limitations for vehicle weights and dimensions are found in the Vehicles Regulations under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA), and based on the vehicle type and axle configuration

Prohibited Vehicles Section 9 of the Vehicle Regulations

Standards respecting vehicle weight and dimensions limits in Atlantic Canada.

Summary of vehicle weights and dimensions limits by configuration.

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National Safety Code Carriers/Motor Carriers

The National Safety Code (NSC) is a code of minimum performance standards for the safe operation of commercial vehicles and has been adopted by all jurisdictions in Canada. The NSC applies to all people responsible for the operation of commercial vehicles which include trucks, buses, power units and trailers. The NSC is designed to encourage trucking safety, promote efficiency in the motor carrier industry, and achieve consistent safety standards in this area across Canada.

The NSC specifically addresses driving behaviour and the safe carriage of the vehicle’s cargo or its passengers. Safety-related NSC standards cover: safety ratings, facility audits, driver and carrier profile systems, trip inspection reports, driver hours of service, commercial vehicle maintenance and inspections, and load security. The code’s administrative standards cover self-certification for drivers, single-driver licencing, a classified driver licence system, medical standards, knowledge and performance testing, and a driver-examiner training program.

The Compliance Review Facility Audit Safety Package is designed to provide general guidance to carriers and their drivers to ensure requirements as outlined by the National Safety Code standards are achieved. If used appropriately, the guide is a tool which will enable the carrier to maintain a concise method of keeping records pertaining to the condition and maintenance of its vehicles. It can also provide for a method of tracking a driver’s performance in carrying out his/her duties.

Disclaimer: The information in the Compliance Review Facility Audit Safety Package is intended to be used in conjunction with the Highway Traffic Act and its applicable regulations. Should the information differ from the legislation and regulations under the Highway Traffic Act, the legislation prevails.

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Salvage Vehicles

The Stolen and Wrecked Vehicle Monitoring Program is a national program designed to ensure consumer protection and public safety by:

  1. preventing the registration of stolen vehicles using the VIN (vehicle identification number) of a vehicle written off, which is falsely declared to have been rebuilt; and
  2. ensuring the mechanical fitness of all wrecked vehicles that are genuinely rebuilt.

Please see the Stolen and Wrecked Vehicle Program page.

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Cargo Securement

Cargo Securement Regulations fall under the authority of the Highway Traffic Act and must be followed by all vehicles operating on public roadways in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Who does cargo securement apply to, how is cargo safely secured, cargo securement system, capacity use, vehicle structure and examples of securing devices.

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Common Forms

Certificate of Insurance
Certificate of Cancellation/Expiry of Insurance
Application for a Certificate of Appointment as a Licensed Official Inspection Station
Application for Amendment to Official Inspection Station Certificate
Application for Motor Carrier Certificate
Carrier Registration Form

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See the Motor Registration Division Legislation page for links to the Highway Traffic Act and the regulations under it.

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Other Links

Transportation Safety Standards

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is a not-for-profit organization, established to promote an environment free of commercial vehicle accidents and incidents. They establish transportation safety standards for motor carriers, drivers, vehicles, and inspectors through compliance, education, training, and enforcement programs.

Information on Commercial Vehicles in Other Provinces

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