Pre-Trip Commercial Vehicle Inspections

The new National Safety Code Standard 13: Trip Inspection was completed by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Adminstrators in May 2005.

This new 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 to alert carriers of 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.

The new standard is composed of: NSC Daily Vehicle Trip Inspection

Nova Scotia intends to amend its current regulations to adopt the new National Safety Code 13: Trip Inspection later in 2008.

Nova Scotia's current Commercial Vehicle Trip Inspection and Records Regulations can be viewed at:

For further information on trucking specifics please contact: Gary Holmes, Vehicle Standards Engineer, TIR at 902 860 5634, e-mail:

For further information on bus and motor coach specifics please contact Natalie Aisthorpe, Director of the Motor Carrier Division at 902-424-3588, e-mail: