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Meet DOT Truck Inspection Requirements

Now that the ELD mandate has gone into effect, truckers and fleet-owning companies have to work harder than ever when it comes to getting (and staying) compliant. While DOT roadside inspections have never been what anyone would call “easy”, the ELD rule has added a new layer of complexity to the inspection process.

HOS Compliance for Roadside Inspections

The FMCSA has outlined the DOT inspection requirements for an ELD system to be considered compliant. To qualify, an ELD must:

Send Electronic Transfers

Be capable of electronically transferring (via wireless web services or email) log data to an authorized safety official. OR Be capable of electronically transferring (via USB2.0 or Bluetooth®) log data to an authorized safety official.

Visual Graphs

Have a displayed or printed graph grid showing the driver’s status changes.

Provide Automatic Recording

Provide automatic recording of certain events (including Date, Time, Engine Hours, Vehicle Miles, and Location Information) at specific intervals.

Annotations and Edits

Allow for annotations and edits to be made on ELD records, without permitting these revisions on original records.

Provide Automatic Entry

Provide automatic entry at 60-minute intervals while the vehicle is in motion, upon each change of duty status, whenever an engine on/off event occurs, and at the start and end of certain status changes (Personal Use and Yard Move).

Detect Inconsistencies

Be able to detect certain malfunctions and data inconsistencies.

Commercial Vehicle Inspection Checklist

If any of the above-listed items are found in unsafe or unusable condition, drivers are expected to report this in their driver vehicle inspection report (DVIR). During a DOT commercial vehicle inspection, a driver’s past DVIRs may be reviewed, which is why it’s important that these inspections be performed with great care and attention to detail.

DOT pre-trip inspection requirements were created to give drivers the means of assessing their vehicle’s safety and usability before taking it out on the road. Before operating a commercial vehicle, a driver must inspect the following:

Service brakes including trailer brake connections
Parking brake
Steering mechanism
Lighting devices and reflectors
Windshield wipers
Rear vision mirrors
Coupling devices
Wheels and rims
Emergency equipment

Passing a DOT Vehicle Inspection

Getting through a DOT truck inspection without being cited for any violations is no easy feat. While having a clean and compliant electronic logbook is essential to passing a roadside inspection, there are a few things drivers need to do every day to stay one step ahead of the DOT:

Clean up your cab. A dirty, disorganized cab shows a clear lack of care on the operator’s part and presents a huge red flag to a DOT officer. Make it a habit to clear your truck of trash and other clutter before hitting the road every day.

Keep your documents in order. Between backup log books, operator’s manuals, and insurance papers, most truck drivers have more paperwork on hand than they know what to do with. You can use a folder, binder, or other organizational tool to keep all their paperwork tidy, together, and ready for inspection.

Take DVIR seriously. Skipped over a few items on your pre-trip inspection? You can bet the DOT inspector won’t do the same. If you missed something that should have been noted on your inspection, chances are a DOT official will find out about it. Make sure you pay attention to the details and follow all DOT pre trip inspection requirements when performing your own inspections—it’s better to be safe than sorry.