43 Vehicle Inspections

You must inspect your vehicle daily. If you operate a vehicle requiring a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), you must inspect and test the vehicle in accordance with Department of Transportation (DOT) requirements. Exhibit 43 shows a sample daily checklist for vehicle safety inspection.

Exhibit 43 

Vehicle Safety Inspection Daily Checklist


Vehicle Safety Inspection Daily Checklist

Drivers, clerks, or any other vehicle inspector: Place a check mark (\u00B8) next to each item that is satisfactory, and place an “X” next to each item that is unsatisfactory

For any item you mark as “unsatisfactory,” provide an explanation on the reverse of this checklist, and notify the contractor to correct the irregularities.

  1. 1. Check all tires.
  2. 2. Check service and parking brakes.
  3. 3. Check seat belts.
  4. 4. Check horn.
  5. 5. Check windshield wipers/washers.
  6. 6. Check lighting devices and reflectors.
  7. 7. Check rear-vision and side mirrors.
  8. 8. Check steering.
  9. 9. Check emergency equipment.
  10. 10. Check van body.
  11. 11. Check coupling devices (e.g., fifth wheel and connectors).
  12. 12. Check wheels and rims.
  13. 13. Check cargo compartment door lock(s).

Date: ______________________________________

Signature: __________________________________



Highway contract route (HCR) vehicles are required by the terms of the contract to meet certain minimum safety requirements. Those requirements, as they pertain to vans, tractors, and trailers, are listed in this chapter. Personnel who are responsible for completing a daily checklist must be thoroughly familiar with subchapters 44, 45, and 46. All equipment, as listed on the checklist, must be fully operational. All HCR vehicles must comply with the appropriate provisions of DOT standards, and federal, state, and local laws.