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What is a Truck Inspection?

A truck inspection or DOT inspection is conducted by the Department of Transportation requiring all commercial motor vehicles (CMV), weighing more than 100,000 pounds, to evaluate if vehicle parts and accessories are safe and in good working condition. All CMV owners can prepare beforehand by performing regular walkthroughs with the use of truck inspection checklists. Compliance with annual DOT inspections not only maintains the excellent performance of vehicles but also helps prevents road accidents and other bigger issues from occurring.

What are Truck Inspection Checklists?

Truck inspection checklists or heavy vehicle inspection checklists are tools used to ensure that all parts of your truck fleet are roadworthy and equipped to pass annual regulatory and DOT inspections. We have collated these free truck inspection checklist templates you can use for your business. These checklists cover general heavy vehicle inspections, daily truck maintenance checklists, driver training templates, driver drug and alcohol consent forms and accident report forms.

Getting Ready for the DOT Truck Inspection

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:

  1. Vehicle inspection walk-around or complete vehicle check
  2. Documentation of coverage in place for the type of carrier and cargo
  3. Driver licenses, qualifications, drug, and alcohol testing
  4. Evaluation of driver logs and inspection records
  5. Maintained accident record register

A good vehicle inspection checklist should be easy to use, able to capture photo defects, accessible offline and on the road and record defects and corrective actions. iAuditor, the world’s #1 mobile inspection app does all this and will transform your truck inspection process.


Sare Hawes

SafetyCulture staff writer