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What to Expect if Selected For a DOT Inspection

What to Expect if Selected For a DOT Inspection - K&J Trucking

Most of us get butterflies when we think about DOT inspection or CVSA inspection during Roadcheck week. But you don't have to be nervous if you go in prepared for what will occur. Roadcheck in 2017 will be June 6-8. Below we have a brief synopsis of what you can expect if you are selected for a DOT inspection this year. Following are the enforcement officer inspection procedures for a standard, level 1 inspection. This information was obtained from the CVSA website.

  1. Choose the inspection site.
  2. Approach the vehicle.
  3. Greet and prepare the driver.
  4. Interview driver.
  5. Collect the driver’s documents.
  6. Check for presence of hazardous materials/dangerous goods.
  7. Identify the carrier.
  8. Examine driver’s license.
  9. Check Medical Examiner’s Certificate and Skill Performance Evaluation (SPE) Certificate (if applicable).
  10. Check record of duty status.
  11. Review driver’s daily vehicle inspection report (if applicable).
  12. Review periodic inspection report(s).
  13. Prepare driver for vehicle inspection.
  14. Inspect front of tractor.
  15. Inspect left front side of tractor.
  16. Inspect left saddle tank area.
  17. Inspect trailer front.
  18. Inspect left rear tractor area.
  19. Inspect left side of trailer.
  20. Inspect left rear trailer wheels.
  21. Inspect rear of trailer.
  22. Inspect double, triple and full trailers.
  23. Inspect right rear trailer wheels.
  24. Inspect right side of trailer.
  25. Inspect right rear tractor area.
  26. Inspect right saddle tank area.
  27. Inspect right front side of tractor.
  28. Inspect steering axle(s).
  29. Inspect axle(s) 2 and/or 3.
  30. Inspect axle(s) 4 and/or 5.
  31. Prepare the vehicle and check brake adjustment.
  32. Inspect tractor protection system (this procedure tests both the tractor protection system and the emergency brakes).
  33. Inspect required brake system warning devices.
  34. Test air loss rate.
  35. Check steering wheel lash.
  36. Check fifth wheel movement.
  37. Complete the inspection.

If you still want more tips and ideas on how you can pass your inspection with flying colors, click here to read tips from Officer Lentz, a current South Dakota enforcement officer!


We wish you the best of luck in the upcoming Roadcheck! If you want to learn more about what makes K&J Trucking unique, click below! We are always looking for great drivers to join our trucking family.

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