The province of Nova Scotia has released the newly updated Commercial Vehicle Trip Inspection Regulations. This applies to any of the following. A truck, truck tractor or trailer, or any combination of them, that exceeds a registered gross vehicle weight of 4500 kg. truck and trailer pre-trip rules

The purpose of these regulations is to help identify vehicle problems and defects through daily trip inspection and driver checks and to prevent the operation of vehicles with conditions 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.

You can view and print the new regulations here 

At the bottom of this page is the schedule 1 document showing in detail the defects and major defects referred to in the regulations for trucks, tractors and trailers.

These regulations are based on national standards, referred to as the National Safety Code Standard 13 (Trip Inspection). These Regulations came into force on the 13 February 2018 and replace the previous regulation; “Commercial Vehicle Trip Inspection and Records” , made under Section 303 of the Motor Vehicle Act.

Each commercial vehicle(truck, tractor or combination) must be inspected at least once every 24 hours. The inspection must be documented and submitted to the carrier.

Important to note the quote below from the regulations: 

A carrier must not permit a commercial driver to drive or operate the  carrier’s  commercial vehicle  on  a  highway if the vehicle has any major defects.

(2)  A  commercial driver  must  not  drive  or  operate  a commercial  vehicle on a highway if the vehicle has any major defects.

There are fines for infractions of the new regulations. If you are a carrier operating in the province of Nova Scotia please become familiar with the regulations.

Please note there is now specific rules around the removal of snow, ice and debris from all commercial vehicles.

Please read below and see the regulations here:

Removal of debris, snow and ice

14   (1)    A carrier must not permit a commercial driver to drive or operate the carrier’s commercial vehicle on a highway unless the vehicle is cleared of debris, snow and ice before it is driven or operated on the highway.

       (2)    A commercial driver must not drive or operate a commercial vehicle on a highway unless the vehicle is cleared of debris, snow and ice before it is driven or operated on the highway.


Download a copy of the Schedule 1 daily trip inspection in PDF format (Download Here

You can download an electronic/editable trip inspection form which is acceptable to vehicle compliance for recording your daily inspection. (Download Here)