All carriers are required to have a NCCR conducted within 9-12 months of beginning operations.
A NCCR is a high-level review of the compliance of a new carrier’s commercial operation. This review is conducted between the 9 -12 month of the carrier beginning operations, using a program called Assessment of Regulatory Compliance (ARC).
NCCRs must be conducted by a certified NCCR Reviewer or a Third-Party Auditor. The reviewer will review items such as:
The carrier will be evaluated on three main areas of compliance:
A score for each area will be given to a carrier based on how well they follow transportation laws. Each area is weighted in a formula which is then used to calculate a total score.
Carriers who do not arrange for an NCCR to be conducted within the 9-12 month timeframe may have their Safety Fitness Certificate suspended.
In accordance with National Safety Code (NSC) Standard 15, an audit is designed to review a carrier's on-highway and safety management activities in considerable detail.
During an NSC audit, a certified auditor examines the carrier's records and reports on demonstrated compliance with the safety standards of the National Safety Code program and its related legislation as implemented in Alberta.
Alberta Transportation may initiate an NSC audit for reasons based on:
The NSC audit includes reviewing the carriers records in the following areas:
The audit will result in an “Audit Score” in which areas of non-compliance are assigned a point value.
Carriers who have been assigned a condition to arrange for and submit a facility audit may have their Safety Fitness Certificate suspended if they do not do so.