According to the U. S. Department of Transportation (DOT), all commercial motor vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds must undergo annual inspections. This is part of the Federal Trucking Regulations. However, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), which is under DOT, and partner state agencies routinely inspect less than the 500,000 registered commercial vehicles on the road. A truck driver even mentioned in a congressional committee hearing that the current system has a “catch me if you can” mentality. This lack of inspections leads to many preventable accidents involving large trucks. Trucking company negligence or negligence of the truck driver can be the cause of accidents. If you have been injured in a truck accident, then you need Houston’s Semi-Truck Accident Lawyer.
What Does A Truck Inspection Include?
There are six levels of DOT inspections. These inspections are performed by qualified inspectors or state police officers. Here are the different levels of inspections.
This is the basic level of inspection, sometimes called level 1 inspection. This is the type of inspection that you may see police offers do. The idea here is to check drivers documents and check for alcohol and drugs. Additionally, they check for hazardous materials. This full inspection is done while the truck driver is present. The list of items that may be checked are:
- Driver’s Daily Log and Hours of Service
- Medical Card or Waiver
- Vehicle Inspection Report
- Alcohol or drugs
- Hazmat Requirements
Inspections of trucks involve reviewing or checking several items. These items, which are set out below, must be checked by a qualified inspector: