Canada is the second largest country in the world in terms of sheer height. Of course, Canada is also one of the most sparsely populated major nations in terms of population. While it’s not like there’s just a bunch of empty space left in Canada that nobody uses, trucking regulations do exist.
Even if large buildings, schools, houses and other structures are not being built on much of the country, this does not mean that the country simply stands empty. There are all sorts of railroad tracks and roads that work and wind their way through the Canadian countryside, and that’s because shipping freight is something that happens all the time in the nation.
In fact, Canada’s cargo ships are more efficient around the world than any other nation, and a big part of that is because it’s so well regulated without getting bogged down by useless regulations and interference from officials.
It might be hard to believe at first given how progressive Canada is, but its trucking companies like Steele’s Transportation Group aren’t mired in bureaucracy like so many other nations, especially their southern neighbors. There are several regulatory agencies that help oversee the various freight companies in Canada, but they’re basically just there to enforce regulations, not to manage everything that’s going on on a micro level.
Here are the bodies that oversee Canada’s trucking industry and its truck drivers.
The National Security Code
The National Safety Code is basically the main governing body for anything related to shipping in Canada. Canadian truck regulators have come together to set guidelines under the CCMTA that would tighten economic regulations and help with things like environmental and safety concerns, while helping to increase efficiency and production. Instead of one large governing body dealing with trucking in the nation, a multitude of regulatory agencies have come together to form the National Safety Code.
Known as the NSC, this regulatory body has been in existence since 1987, and all airlines in Canada are required to comply with established regulations. All trucking companies in Canada, regardless of their province, are required to follow the NSC’s regulations and guidelines.
These NSC statutes worked with provincial statutes to customize rules and regulations consistent with each province, national standards, and even international regulations. The NSC’s principal oversight body is the Canadian Council of Motor Transportation, CCMTA.
While there are dozens of rules and regulations within the NPC, there are few primary goals.
1: To ensure uniform safety regulations and to enforce these regulations in all territories and provinces of Canada.
2: Improving driver safety and transport safety in general.
3: Put more emphasis on safety regulations.
Overall, the rules and regulations are quite numerous. Although, in principle, everything is done within the framework of the NSC to ensure the safety of all drivers and keep cargo traffic efficient.
Transportation in Canada
Today, air travel is the most heavily regulated aspect of shipping in Canada. However, traditional trucking of freight still accounts for the majority of shipping in the country, accounting for 35% of all freight moving through Canada and into and out of the country. When it comes to shipping, rail takes second place with 9% of shipping.
Air freight accounts for only 6% but obviously needs more regulation due to air traffic issues. However, as one can clearly see, the old trucking company is still the most reliable source of freight transportation in the country. Big rigs hauling their loads are still seen out there by the thousands every day. Even on short trips, you’re likely to pass dozens of them.
With so much freight being moved, this needs to be monitored and there is another regulatory body that helps with this, Transport Canada.
Transport Canada is a federal agency that works with many partners, some of whom are private companies, to ensure that NSC regulations are followed as well as other regulations and standards such as: g. economic and environmental standards, are complied with. Transport Canada plays a large role in the licensing and certification process for most companies involved in freight transportation. They’re not as big or as powerful as the CCMTA, but they’re still very effective.
No agency or company is authorized to move cargo in Canada unless they comply with the regulations and standards set by these regulatory bodies. This is a flagrant violation of the law and is punishable by a fine and/or the complete closure of a business.