vehicle-inspection

4 of the Best Commercial Truck Checklists

All heavy motor vehicles should undergo regular self-inspections to ensure that all parts and accessories are safe to use and road-worthy. Regular self-inspections can prepare businesses for annual inspections, including from the Department of Transportation (DOT). Regular driver training, drug and alcohol testing and keeping up-to-date accident registers can help prevent future road accidents.

Using a mobile inspection app like iAuditor can help you streamline your reporting, capture better data and identify problems before they occur. Get started by downloading these free sample checklists.

Getting ready for DOT vehicle inspections

Most commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) weighing over 10,000 pounds have to undergo an annual DOT inspection. These inspections are carried out by qualified DOT inspectors who check all CMVs on the road are safe and in good working condition and that the business has proper record keeping processes in place. An inspection can cover the following items:

  • Vehicle inspection walk-around or complete vehicle check
  • Documentation of coverage in place for the type of carrier and cargo
  • Driver licenses, qualifications, drug and alcohol testing
  • Evaluation of driver logs and inspection records
  • Maintained accident record register
Start performing digital inspections

Heavy Vehicle Inspection Checklist

This vehicle inspection checklist can be used by a certified technician to identify problems and mechanical issues of heavy vehicles. Moreover, this can be used to prepare for the DOT annual vehicle inspection. Begin by recording the type, identification and mileage of the vehicle and take a photo of its general condition. The template then prompts the inspector to check the administrative conformance, brake system, fuel system, trailer conditions and other components. Complete the report by providing safe vehicle operation tips and rate the overall condition of the vehicle.

Driver Assessment Training Template

Use this template when conducting regular driver training assessments for commercial vehicle drivers. Regular training and ride-alongs can help recognize best practice behaviours and identify and remedy bad driving practices. This mobile checklist can be used by an assessor while as a passenger and be used offline. Begin by capturing basic information of the driver and ensure pre-start checks are done correctly. During the drive, monitor engine management, driving technique and professionalism. Complete the report by assessing shut-down procedures, grade the overall outcome and get the driver to sign off. Prepare a final PDF copy of the report without even leaving the vehicle.

Heavy Vehicle Accident Report

Use this vehicle accident report to generate and maintain accurate register logs of accidents. Keeping up to date accident records can help improve safety performance of the vehicle during operation. Start by detailing the root cause of the accident, documenting physical damage of the vehicle vehicle and record witness statements. The inspector can also capture photo evidence of the injuries and environment and track the exact location of the accident being reported.

Drug and Alcohol Consent Form

All commercial vehicle drivers are required to pass regular drug and alcohol tests to prevent road problems, ensure quality work operations and improve safety. Use this template when conducting drug and alcohol testing for your drivers. Record the driver’s consent via signature and document the alcohol and drug testing results. Generate a completed report for future reference and record keeping for future audits.

Follow these 5 steps to start performing mobile inspections

  1. Create a free iAuditor account to get started
  2. Download a template above and modify it for your workplace or browse our template library
  3. Install the iAuditor app on your mobile or tablet and perform an inspection
  4. Take photos, create actions and generate reports on your device
  5. Invite your teammates. Save time, save lives
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