The National Safety Code (NSC) for commercial vehicles consists of 16 individual safety standards designed to reduce the number and severity of collisions involving commercial vehicles. Standard 7 requires all Canadian jurisdictions to maintain a Carrier Profile on those carriers regulated under their NSC program.
A Carrier profile is similar to a driver abstract in that it captures violations. The profile specifies the violations for all Drivers and NSC Units registered to the carrier. It captures the “On-Road” and “Administrative” requirements and performance based on information collected from across Canada and the United States.
The standard Alberta Carrier Profile includes information regarding:
- A carrier’s Safety Fitness Rating
- A carrier’s Operating Status (federal or provincial)
- 12 months of events involving NSC vehicles registered in the carrier’s name and the persons driving those vehicles. Events include;
o CVSA inspections, and
o Reportable collisions from all Canadian jurisdictions, and
o Violations identified in Alberta where no charges were laid.
Where a carrier leases on an owner/operator and the owner/operator’s vehicle is registered in the carrier’s name, all profile events involving the owner operator will be displayed on the carrier’s profile.
Carriers who also have units registered in other Provinces can obtain Carrier Profiles from those jurisdictions
The Carrier Profile is divided into 10 parts as follows:
Part 1 of the Carrier Profile gives an overall snapshot of a company’s current safety status including current Safety Fitness Rating, Operating Status (federal or provincial), and a summary of Conviction, CVSA Inspection and Collision event history.
Part 2 The information recorded in this part reflects a traffic ticket that resulted in a conviction being registered in a Canadian court. Convictions are shown in order of offence date, with the most recent shown first. Conviction points remain on a Carrier’s Profile for one year from the conviction date.
Part 3 provides information on inspections conducted under the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspection program both in Canada and the U.S. for the time period requested. CVSA inspections remain on a Carrier’s Profile for one year from the date the inspection occurred.
Part 4 provides collision information supplied by enforcement agencies across Canada and the U.S. The collisions where considered reportable under the jurisdiction’s legislation in which the collision event occurred. Collision points remain on a Carrier’s Profile for one year from the date the event occurred. In Alberta, “reportable collisions” are those where the collision resulted in:
- property damage of $2,000 or greater
- personal injury, or
It is important to note that all reportable collisions appear on a carrier’s profile within 45 days after the event date. Points are assigned to all reportable collisions regardless of who’s at fault and it’s up to the carrier to determine preventability. A collision evaluation must be performed and a carrier who deems a collision unpreventable can apply to have the incident reviewed. If the review is conclusive that the incident was unpreventable, the incident will remain on the profile but the points will be removed.
Part 5 is a summary of violations documented by enforcement agencies. Each violation is a contravention of an act or regulation where no prosecution has been entered. No points will be assigned to violations under this part and these violations are not used when calculating the carrier’s R-factor score. However, violations may be considered when reviewing a carrier’s overall safety fitness. Violations will remain on a Carrier’s Profile for one year from the date the event occurred.
Part 6 is a valuable tool for looking at a carrier’s performance over an extended period. It was designed to provide a summary of a carrier’s monitoring history for the period of time requested. Under this Part, carriers can track their monthly monitoring history, compare themselves to other carriers in their fleet range, and track their R-Factor score and history of contributions to the R-Factor. Even carriers that are not on Carrier Services’ monitoring list can benefit from reviewing Part 6.
Part 7 is included in a Carrier Profile report only if requested. The information in this Part relates to the carrier’s vehicle inspection facility licence(s) if applicable. Only those carriers that are licensed under one of Alberta’s vehicle inspection programs will have data in this part.
Part 8 tracks a carrier’s Safety Fitness Rating and Operating Status changes. This part is included in your Carrier Profile report only if requested.
Part 9 of the Carrier Profile is used by Carrier Services for internal purposes and is not available to the public. However, a person is able to request Part 9 when ordering a Carrier Profile. If a person orders Part 9 then additional information regarding Administrative Penalties and audits will be displayed on Part 10 if applicable.
Part 10 includes all on-road events (convictions, CVSA inspections, and collisions) facility audits, monitoring action, station licensing, Operating Status and safety rating changes in date order, with the most recent events displayed first. This part is included in your Carrier Profile report only if requested.
How we help
While the Carrier Profile is designed to identify high risk carriers to provincial regulators, Carriers themselves can use the Profile information to evaluate the effectiveness of their Safety & Maintenance program.
Full Profiles are available only to the Carrier and its representatives, Public Profiles are available with limited information to anyone wishing to obtain information on your company.
Clients will often use the information available in a Carrier Profile when deciding on whether or not to hire you and insurance companies use this information to determine your safety risks.
Our company can obtain your Carrier Profile and review it with you so that you understand how to interpret it. We can use this information to assist you in proper safety planning.