Do your Commercial Drivers need training on Vehicle Inspections? If so, this is the training package for you. As you know the Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that motor carriers implement a program to inspect their truck and commercial vehicles. The purpose of these inspections is to ensure that these large trucks and transport vehicles are mechanically safe and sound when they hit the road. These requirements are enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration or FMCSA. Of course safety is critical with these large trucks and regular inspection and proper maintenance helps ensure that problems are discovered before they become a problem with the driver on the road. This training covers several important topics:
- What are the 5 different types of inspections required by DOT and FMCSA? (1. An FMCSA “periodic” inspection that occurs at least annually, 2. A “pre-trip” inspection each time the truck hits the road, 3. an “en-route” inspection that a driver makes during their trip, 4. “Roadside” inspections that are conducted by DOT or law enforcement, and 5. the “post-trip” inspection at the end of each trip.
- Who performs the periodic inspections of a commercial vehicle? (FMCSA certified inspectors)
- Which inspections are commercial driver’s responsible for?
- What is the purpose of a pre-trip inspection? (Ensures the truck is in good mechanical condition, that the load is positioned correctly and secured properly, and any problems identified on the last post-trip inspection have been resolved)
- What are en-route inspections and why are they important?
- What is the purpose of the post-trip inspection? (identifies and outlines the problems or issues that developed during the trip that require correction before the truck goes out again, documents the findings using a “Drivers Vehicle Inspection Report or DVIR, and includes a checklist of the systems, parts and accessories that FMCSA says must be inspected at the end of the trip)
- Is the Driver’s Vehicle Inspection Report form required to be in a paper or electronic format?
- Who signs the DVIR and at what stage of the inspection do the signatures occur?
- What items are inspected during a “roadside” inspection and who performs these inspections and when?
- Who is responsible to review the “post- trip” inspections?
- What are typical items on a pre and post trip inspection checklist? (Tires, wheels, coupling hardware, hoses, emergency equipment, steering system, lights horn, etc)
- What are the things the driver should look for in the cargo they are hauling? (the placement, arrangement and security of the cargo, the condition of the tie downs, blocks, braces, and load deck)
- Do drivers only have to check their cargo securement before they hit the road? (No, en-route checks are also required to ensure that the load is safely secured)
- What should the driver look for when doing an en-route “walk around” inspection?
- Who performs roadside inspections and where to they usually occur?
- and much more
Ensuring the safety of your drivers, as well as maintaining your FMCSA compliance is critical for any commercial driving operation. That’s why this “Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspection” training package is so important. Available as an English speaking USB Stick or DVD this training will help ensure you stay compliant, and your drivers follow the required laws and safety protocols.