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   of lading, manifests, dangerous goods
   documents, time records, drivers’ daily
   logs and weigh slips
• policy and procedures related to
   compliance with the law, driver training
   responsibilities, conduct and discipline
• instructions for the use of safety
   equipment including, as required,
   the use of reflective triangles, fire
   extinguishers, goggles, and hard hats
• training for employees about safety laws
   and their application and an ongoing
   program for evaluating their driving skills
• retention of complete records for each
   driver in accordance with regulations
• policies for ensuring that drivers are
   properly qualified for the type of vehicle
   they operate

All drivers have a responsibility to know
and follow the policies and procedures
contained in their company’s safety plan.

Each driver should:
• have received the training specified in
   the company’s safety plan and know
   how to perform their duties properly
   and safely (e.g. training on drivers’
   hours of service, trip inspections, cargo
   securement, weights and dimension
   requirements, etc.)
• ensure that the vehicle is being operated
   in compliance with the owner’s policies
   and procedures, and within the law
• have all the applicable documentation
   completed and in his or her possession
   when required (e.g. Bills of Lading and
   Dangerous Goods documents)
• be medically fit to drive and not fatigued or 
   under the influence of alcohol or any drug
• be qualified to operate the vehicle and
   have any required documents, such
   as a valid driver’s licence, vehicle

   registration and Dangerous Goods
   training certificate and insurance
• report any violations, convictions,
   and collisions to the carrier

For more information, refer to the
Commercial Vehicle Certificate and Insurance
Regulation AR 314/2002, which is available
from the Queen’s Printer. (See “Need more
information” at the end of this section.)

Preventive
maintenance plans

In Alberta, a carrier must establish,
maintain and follow a written maintenance
and inspection program that covers all
applicable vehicles registered to the carrier
in Alberta, including leased vehicles.
A carrier failing to complete this regulatory
requirement may be subject to disciplinary
action including charges being laid in the
courts, an administrative penalty being
issued, or their Safety Fitness Certificate
being cancelled. The policies and
procedures set out in the maintenance
program must provide for continuous
and regular inspections that meet the
requirements specified in the regulations.

Every driver is responsible to:
• understand the company’s
   maintenance plan
• carry out those inspections and
   maintenance required by the owner
• carry out any inspections required
   by legislation, such as vehicle trip
   inspections
• complete any documents required by
   the owner and return those documents
   to the owner

 

CHAPTER TWO                                                                                        NATIONAL SAFETY CODE  19

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