I find myself surprised when providing a USDOT Annual Inspection just how many drivers do not have an onboard inspection log or even do their required Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) (Post-Trip) inspection. All drivers need to complete the Post Trip inspection after each day’s work. It is also important to understand that regardless of the size of a truck or trailer this has to be completed every time. Let’s get started to make sure you are up to speed as this is required every time the unit is operated.
Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR) (Post-Trip) (396.11)
Per 49 CFR 396.11, drivers of passenger-carrying and non-passenger CMVs must inspect vehicles and prepare and sign a written report at the completion of each day’s work on each vehicle operated, except for intermodal equipment tendered by an intermodal equipment provider. See FMCSA’s additional guidance on completing and retaining DVIRs. See 49 CFR 396.11(b) for intermodal equipment inspection requirements.
The report shall cover at least the following parts and accessories and must list any defect or deficiency discovered by or reported to the driver which would affect the safety of operation of the vehicle or result in its mechanical breakdown.
- Service brakes, including trailer brake connections
- Parking (hand) brake
- Steering mechanism
- Lighting devices and reflectors
- Windshield wipers
- Rear-vision mirrors
- Coupling devices
- Wheels and rims
- Emergency equipment
If a driver operates more than one vehicle during the day, a report must be prepared for each vehicle operated.
DOT Mobile Express also provides standard vehicle inspections for customers operating non-USDOT tagged vehicles but wants their company vehicles to follow the same USDOT Inspection
standards for vehicle safety and compliance requirements.