Auto Transport - Cross Border Truck Safety Inspection Program

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37-Point Level I Truck Safety Inspection Checklist

1. Opt the Inspection Site

  • Choose a secure locality, paved, level, away from traffic, noticeable to traffic and able to hold up the weight of the vehicle.
  • Shun hills, curves, soft shoulders and edifice sites.
  • You have to be visible to oncoming traffic.

2. Come up to the Vehicle

  • Watch the driver.
  • Stick on to officer/inspector safety policies.
  • Be vigilant for leaks, unsecured cargo.

3. Wish and Prepare Driver

  • Recognize yourself.
  • Place chock blocks on the driver's side.
  • Explicate this inspection procedure.
  • Make sure engine is off.
  • Test out seat belt usage and condition.
  • Watch the driver's complete condition for illness, tiredness or further signs of impairment.
  • Test for illegal presence of alcohol, drugs, weapons or other illegal imports.

4. Interrogate Driver

  • Inquire for the following from the driver:  starting place, ending destination, load report, amount of time traveled, most new stop, fueling place(s).
  • Speak to the driver regarding the trip.

5. Gather the Driver's Documents

  • Medical Examiner's Certificate (if pertinent).
  • Skill Performance assessment (SPE) Certificate (if pertinent).
  • Driver's license, CDL, details of duty status.
  • Shipping papers.
  • Periodic/Episodic inspection certificates, CVIP.
  • Supporting papers:  bills of lading, receipts, further documents used to validate record of duty status.

6. Test out for the Presence of dangerous Materials/Transportation of hazardous Goods

  • Test out shipping papers, placards, any leaks or spills, unsecured cargo, markings and labels.

7. Recognize the Carrier

  • Identify carrier using the following:  vehicle identification, vehicle registration, insurance, driver interrogation

8. Inspect Driver's License

  • running out date
  • Class
  • Endorsements
  • Restrictions
  • Status

9. Test out Medical Examiner's Certificate and Skill Performance Evaluation (SPE) Certificate

  • Inspect certificate date (Applicable for 24 months).
  • Inspect counteractive lens requirement.
  • Inspect hearing assist requirement.
  • Inspect physical boundaries.

10. Check Details of Duty Status

  • Numbers of Hours of Service verification.
  • 100 Air-Mile radius or 160 KM radius exception.
  • Accurateness of record.

11. Review Driver's Daily Vehicle Inspection Report (If valid)

  • Make sure the inspection report portrays the identity of the vehicle and the presence of deficiencies/defects.
  • Check for driver signature on prior inspection reports.

12. Review Periodic/Episodic Inspection Report

  • Make sure vehicle has passed the necessary inspection and has the necessary documents and decals.

13. Prepare Driver for Vehicle Inspection

  • Elucidate the vehicle inspection procedure.
  • Counsel the driver in the use of hand signals.
  • Check chock blocks.
  • Prepared the vehicle, vehicle transmission in unbiased.  Engine off, key ought to be in the "on" position and discharge all brakes.
  • Instruct diver to stay at the controls.

14. Inspect Front of Tractor

  • Inspect headlamps and turn signals (do not make use of four way flashers to check turn signals) for unseemly color, operation, rising and visibility.
  • Check windshield wipers for unseemly operation (two wipers are needed unless one may clean the driver's field of vision).

15. Inspect Left Front Side of Tractor

  • Inspect left front wheel, rim, hub and tire.

16. Check Left Saddle Tank Area

  • Inspect left fuel tank area.
  • Inspect exhaust system.

17. Inspect Trailer Front

  • Inspect air and electrical lines.

18. Inspect Left Rear Tractor Area

  • Inspect wheels, rims, hubs and tires.
  • Inspect lower fifth wheel.
  • Inspect upper fifth wheel.
  • Inspect sliding fifth wheel.
  • Inspect lamps.
Warning  Never place yourself among tires of tandem axles.

19. Check Left Side of Trailer

  • Inspect frame and body.
  • Inspect condition of hoses.
  • Inspect van and open-top trailer bodies.
  • Inspect cargo securement.

20. Left Rear Trailer Wheels

  • Inspect wheels, rims, hubs and tires.
  • Inspect sliding tandem.

21. Rear of Trailer

  • Inspect tail, stop, turn signals and lamps on projecting loads.
  • Inspect cargo securement.

22. Check Double and Triple Trailers

  • Inspect safety devices:  full trailers/converter dollies.
  • Inspect the safety devices (chains/wire rope) for adequate number, missing components, unseemly repairs and devices that are incapable of secure attachments.  Inspect pintle hook, eye and drawbar for cracks, excessive movement and improper repairs.

23. Inspect Right Rear Trailer Wheels

  • Inspect as in step 20.

24. Check Right Side of Trailer

  • Inspect as in step 19.

25. Check Right Rear Tractor Area

  • Inspect as in step 18.

26. Check Right Saddle Tank Area

  • Inspect as in step 16.

27. Check Right Front Side of Tractor

  • Inspect as in step 15.

28. Check Steering Axle

  • Inspect steering system (both sides).
  • Inspect front suspension (both sides).
  • Inspect front axle.
  • Inspect frame and frame assembly.
  • Inspect front brakes (both sides).
  • Inspect and mark push rods (both sides).

Make a note of  to inform the driver that you are going under the vehicle.  Enter the under carriage in sight of the driver.  (At front of power unit, rear of power unit and in front of trailer axle(s).

29. Check Axles 2 and/or 3 (Under Carriage of CMV)

  • Deferment (both sides).
  • Brake components (both sides).
  • Mark all pushrods "S" cam brakes (both sides).
  • Exit under carriage in sight of driver.

30. Check Axles 4 and/or 5

  • Same as step 29.

31. Inspect Brake Adjustment

  • Make sure air pressure is 90-100 p.s.i.
  • Have driver completely apply brakes and hold.
  • Calculate and record all push rod travel.
  • Identify size and kind of brake chambers.
  • Make sure brake lining to drum contact.

32. Test Air Loss Rate

  • Apply brakes while the engine is idling, the governor has cut in and pressure is 80-90 p.s.i.

33. Test Low Air Pressure Warning Device

  • Watch dash gauges while ignition is "on" and the driver is pumping the foot valve to around 55 p.s.i.

34. Check Tractor Protection System (This procedure tests both the tractor protection valve and the emergency brakes.)

  • Have driver release brakes and cut off both brake lines.
  • complete brake application.

35. Inspect Steering Wheel Lash

  • Calculate steering wheel lash while wheels are straight and the engine is running.

36. Check Fifth Wheel Movement

  • Prepare the driver and vehicle.
  • Inspect for excessive movement.

Warning  If conducted improperly, this technique of checking for fifth-wheel movement may result in stern damage to the vehicle.  Use warning and instruct the driver cautiously.

37. Complete the Inspection

  • Entire documentation.
  • Conclude with driver.
  • Follow accurate and present OOS procedures (if applicable).
  • Give CVSA decal (if applicable).