The regulations set forth by the FMCSA that govern vehicle maintenance on the surface are fairly simple. Commercial motor vehicles need an annual DOT inspection, a record of all things repaired or maintained on a particular vehicle, and a maintenance process which includes a systematic plan to repair, inspect and maintain all equipment in which the motor carrier controls. Included in the maintenance of vehicles would be a daily vehicle inspection report when a defect is noted with a vehicle. A solid vehicle maintenance plan is important to assure safe, operational vehicles are on the roadways and help alleviate violations on roadside inspections.
Items to Consider
Do you have a systematic plan to repair and maintain vehicles in your fleet?
Are you completing a DVIR (daily vehicle inspection report) when required?
Are equipment violations found on roadside being addressed?
Do you have equipment files for the assets you own and operate?
49 CFR 396.1-396.25