Daily Pre-Trip Inspection Training

Daily Pre-Trip Inspection Training (NSC Compliant) - Online Course

The use of commercial vehicles brings great responsibility for companies since roads and highways are shared with others. The consequences of an accident can include major property damage, serious injuries, and even lost lives. This online course teaches drivers how to conduct daily pre-trip inspections for vehicles, based on the National Safety Code. The course uses professional videos to demonstrate exactly how inspections must be carried out.
The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) created the National Safety Code to reduce the fatalities, injuries, and property damage caused by highway accidents. The code is composed of 16 standards, and daily trip inspections for commercial vehicles are covered by NSC Standard 13. By following the code, commercial carriers can operate their fleets legally and safely.
A daily pre-trip inspection is mandatory for any commercial vehicle as defined by the NSC:

  • A truck, tractor, trailer, or any combination, with a registered gross vehicle weight that exceeds 4,500 kg.
  • A bus that is designed for passengers, with a capacity of more than 10, including the driver. Buses are not subject to the requirement during personal use.

In the NSC language, an inspector is anyone who can enforce federal or provincial regulations, while the motor carrier is the party responsible for the commercial vehicle – owned or leased.

Pre-Trip Inspection Requirements Under NSC Standard 13

In a few words, the NSC Standard 13 makes inspection mandatory before using any commercial vehicle on a highway. The inspection schedules must be issued by the carrier, and drivers must have them available for inspectors at all times. When no defects are found during an inspection, it must be notified in the report.
Reports must be submitted to the carrier within 20 days, and must then be kept on file for at least 6 months. Major defects should be notified immediately, even if they are detected while driving, and vehicles should not operate until these defects are fixed.
Trucks, tractors, trailers, and buses must be inspected every 24 hours. However, motor coaches must get an additional inspection with special requirements every 12,000 km or every 30 days, whichever happens first.
Under NSC Standard 13, the carrier is responsible for keeping vehicles in good working condition, while keeping an adequate record of issues and repairs. On the other hand, the driver is responsible for a daily inspection and reporting any defects found.
Daily pre-trip inspections are mandatory for all carriers and drivers who operate a commercial vehicle, as defined by the NSC. However, there may be some differences between the vehicle types covered, depending on the jurisdiction.
The main goal of daily pre-trip inspections is finding vehicle issues early, and preventing the use of vehicles that are likely to cause an accident. Vehicle inspection must be a continuous process to be effective since dangerous conditions can develop during a single day. Planned maintenance is still necessary, and pre-trip inspections should be viewed as a complement and not a replacement.

Course Topics

The online pre-trip inspection course is divided into the following topics:
Module 1: Preparing for the Pre Trip Inspection
This module describes how drivers should perform the daily pre-trip inspection, and the safety precautions while conducting any inspection. This module also covers the National Safety Code Standard 13, the CVSA inspection used by enforcement agencies, and how they are related.
Module 2: Inspecting the Air Brake System
This module describes the operation of air brakes, and the correct procedure to test them. The content includes examples of air brake defects and recommended steps when a brake issue is detected.
Module 3: Defects and Major Defects
This module provides an overview of vehicle inspection forms, including definitions of the terms used. The module also covers potential vehicle defects and recommended solutions when they are detected.
Module 4: Performing the Inspection
This module uses the concepts covered in the previous three, to demonstrate the steps for a complete vehicle inspection.
By understanding and applying the concepts covered in this course, drivers can reduce the risk of accidents, improving road safety.

Universally Compatible

This course was created using standards that will allow playback on most internet capable devices with standard web browsing capabilities including Apple’s iTouch, iPad, and iPhone, as well as most other smart phones and tablets including those with Android and Windows operating systems.


Average Completion Time

Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time is 60 minutes.


Knowledge Assessment

Testing is conducted in this online course to reinforce the information presented. You are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.


Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be available to download and print. You can access your certificate through your online account.

Daily Pre-Trip Inspection (NSC Compliant) Training