Safety Ratings

Safety ratings are based on the results of a facility audit and the carrier’s previous two-year on-road performance for:

  • at-fault accidents
  • convictions
  • Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) inspections [enf_inv/cvsa_inspections]
  • overall performance

There are four safety rating categories:

Satisfactory unaudited: Assigned to all new registrants of NSC vehicles. Carriers may exist in this category indefinitely.

Satisfactory: Assigned when a carrier passes a third party or Motor Carrier Division (MCD) facility audit and the carrier's performance rating is less than 85% in the four performance rating categories when the audit is completed.

Carriers may request an audit because they cannot obtain a permit in another jurisdiction or have trouble getting contracts due to their existing safety rating. These "request audits” are done as resources allow, and there is a fee for this service.

Conditional: Assigned when a carrier fails a third party or MCD facility audit and the carrier's performance rating is greater than 85 per cent in any of the four performance rating categories when the audit is completed. It is also assigned to a carrier that is re-applying for a Safety Fitness Certificate after having it revoked.

Unsatisfactory: Assigned when a carrier's safety performance deteriorates to such a degree that Motor Carrier Division deems the carrier to be an unacceptable road safety risk. A carrier rated Unsatisfactory is prohibited from registering NSC vehicles in Manitoba or other Canadian jurisdictions.

Before a carrier receives an “Unsatisfactory” safety rating, there may be administrative interventions of:

  • revocation of safety fitness certificate
  • revocation of vehicle registration
  • fleet limitation