Your Legal Obligations

BC’s Workers Compensation Act and Occupational Health and Safety Regulation set out the requirements and legal responsibilities of employers, supervisors and workers as they relate to workplace health and safety. When workers drive for work purposes their vehicle becomes their workplace, even if it is their personal vehicle.

As an employer or supervisor, here’s the actions you need to take to ensure workers are safe when driving for work.

Are you a worker? You too have safety responsibilities. See What Workers Need to Know tip sheet.

As an employer you must

  • Ensure the health and safety of all your workers who drive for work.
  • Put in place measures to eliminate or minimize the risk of injury caused by hazards related to driving.
  • Provide workers the necessary information, training, equipment, and supervision to follow the safe work procedures related to driving.
  • Provide workers with appropriate personal protective equipment as required.
  • Support the safety activities of the joint occupational health and safety committee (JOHSC) or worker representative.

As a supervisor you must

  • Ensure the health and safety of all workers under your direct supervision.
  • Know the hazards associated with driving, the applicable regulations, and how to eliminate or minimize the risk of injury caused by the hazards.
  • Ensure that workers under your direct supervision know the hazards and how to protect themselves, and have the necessary training and equipment.
  • Ensure that the workers under your direct supervision follow safe work procedures and practices, and correct them when they don’t.
  • Consult with the JOHSC or worker representative.

Listed below is more information on the laws and regulations that may apply to your workplace.

Legislation Description / Key Requirements
Workers Compensation Act; Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation.
For more information: WorkSafeBC Legislation and Regulation
The Act gives WorkSafeBC the legal authority to set and enforce occupational health and safety standards and to establish policies regarding compensation, assessment, rehabilitation, and occupational health and safety. The OHS Regulation sets out the legal requirements that must be met by all workplaces under WorkSafeBC jurisdiction. The purpose of the Regulation is to promote occupational health and safety and to protect workers and other persons present at workplaces from work-related risks to their health, safety and well-being.
BC Motor Vehicle Act; BC Motor Vehicle Act Regulations: see BC Laws The Motor Vehicle Act and Regulations describe the laws that govern the operation of motor vehicles on B.C. roads. They define the rules of the road and related offences and sanctions.
For Commercial Motor Carriers
BC Motor Vehicle Act
Motor Vehicle Act Regulations
Division 37 BC Passenger
Transportation Act and Regulations;
BC Commercial Transport Act
Transport of Dangerous Goods Act and Regulations
For more information: BC Laws
See also BC Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement
These Acts embody National Safety Code (NSC) standards, applicable to commercial motor carriers. NSC standards cover safety ratings, facility audits, driver and carrier profile systems, trip inspection reports, driver hours of service, commercial vehicle maintenance and inspections and load security. In BC, a commercial motor vehicle is any motor vehicle used by a business, if that vehicle is one of the following*:

  • a truck or truck tractor that has a licensed GVW (gross vehicle weight) of more than 5,000 kg (including the weight of any attached trailer)
  • a bus (which is any vehicle that carries 10 or more people)
  • a vehicle that requires a Passenger Transportation licence (taxis, limousines, some buses, etc.)
  • a business vehicle as defined by the Motor Vehicle Act

*BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Carrier Safety Guide, CVSE2000 (MV0630) September 2010