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How do you get a DOT inspection?
You must be a seasoned inspector to land a job as a DOT inspector. Once you have the job, you will need to complete six motor carrier compliance reviews, 32 Level I and V inspections, and to complete a refresher course each year.
What is included in a DOT inspection?
The vehicle-only inspection includes brakes, fuel, cargo, exhaust, steering, lighting, suspensions, tires, steering wheel, trailer, windshield wipers, emergency exits, engine, and battery. A vehicle-only inspection can take up to about 30 minutes to complete.
Do you have to be certified to do a DOT inspection?
In terms of the regulations, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations require qualifications for anyone performing: Annual (periodic) vehicle inspections see 49 CFR 396.19; or Brake inspections, maintenance, service, or repairs see 49 CFR 396.25. In either case, formal training is not necessarily required.
Who is eligible for DOT inspection?
There is no requirement to be licensed to do truck inspections, but you must be certified. Requirements can be found in 49 CFR Part 396.19. Basically, you must complete a training program, have experience as a mechanic, or a federal or state inspector or similar experience.
How often do commercial vehicles need to be inspected?
Every commercial vehicle, including each segment of a combination vehicle requires periodic inspection that must be performed at least once every 12 months.
What vehicles require a DOT inspection?
The annual DOT Inspection is required of all CMV's that have a GVWR of 10,001 lbs or more, as defined in the definition of a CMV in CFR 390.5. CFR 396.17 requires that all CMV's that meet the above definition be inspected annually, according to Appendix G of the FMCSA regulations.
What do DOT inspectors look for?
The inspector will examine your seat belt, tail lamps, steering wheel, exhaust system, and everything required for driving safely. He or she will also look at documents like your driver's license, medical certificate, waiver, and hours-of-service documentation.
How often do you need a DOT inspection?
AUGUST 9, 2016 Annual or Periodic DOT Vehicle Inspections (the inspections in which you receive a sticker on the CMV indicating that it has passed inspection) must be conducted by a Qualified Inspector at a minimum of once every 12 months.
What do I need to pass a DOT inspection?
Make sure you have all your documents on you, including your driver's license, medical examiner's certificate, driver's record of duty status, documentation of annual inspection, hazardous materials paperwork (if applicable), and your permit credentials.
What is a dot Level 3 Inspection?
The level three DOT inspection is a driver-only inspection focused on the driver's credentials. With this inspection, drivers are checked for: Driver's License, Endorsements, Medical Card, Skill Performance Evaluation certificate, RODS, HAZMAT requirements, Vehicle Inspection Report, and HOS documentation.
Which is the most comprehensive DOT roadside inspection?
Level I: North American Standard Inspection The most comprehensive of the inspections, the North American Standard includes a thorough inspection of both the vehicle and driver.