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Heavy vehicle inspection checklist

Heavy vehicle inspection can be used to detect potential safety issues with commercial vehicles. These could include problems with the brakes, axles, steering, or engine. You can use this heavy vehicle inspection checklist to identify problems and mechanical issues with any trucks or commercial vehicles, so that you can perform vehicle maintenance before your DOT inspection.
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General Information
Select vehicle type
Type vehicle type
Select vehicle identification type
Enter VIN #
Enter license plate #
Take photo of License Plate No.
Year, make and model
Enter mileage
Take photo of the vehicle
Administrative
Registration & insurance cards are up to date
License plate and tags are up to date
Inspection
BRAKE SYSTEM
Adjustment
Drums or Rotors
REFERENCE: Good brakes must be free of rust [This is an example of how you can use Lumiform to include best practice reference images in your templates to assist with inspections]
Hoses and/or Tubing
Lining
Low pressure warning
Tractor protection valve
Air compressor
Service brakes
Parking brakes
Electric brakes
Hydraulic brakes
Vacuum brakes
System failure signal
STEERING SYSTEM
Free play (Lash)
Steering column
Front axle beam
Steering gear box
Pittman arm.
Ball & socket joints
Tie pods & drag links
Nuts, bolts, fasteners
Power steering fluid
WINDSHIELDS
Glass free of cracks, discoloration
Wiper power unit, blades
WIPERS
All working and in good condition
FUEL SYSTEM
Visible leaks
Fill caps in place/intact
Tank(s) securely attached
Fuel gauge
LIGHTING DEVICES
Headlamps
Front turn signals
Front ID/Clearance lamps
Side marker lamps — left
Side Marker Lamps — right
Rear turn signals
Stop lamps
Tail lamps
Rear ID/Clearance lamps
Reflectors / Ref tape
COUPLING DEVICES
5th Wheel
Pintle hooks
Drawbar eye
Drawbar tongue
Safety devices
EXHAUST SYSTEM
Leaks
Placement
WIRING/BATTERY
Electrical wires in good condition
Battery free of rust
Engine clean
SAFE LOADING
Fastening devices
SUSPENSION
Springs (cracked/broken/shifted)
U-bolts, hangers, etc.
Torque, radius, tracking arms
FRAME
Frame members
Tire & wheel clearance
Sliding subframe (adj. axle)
TIRES
Steering axle tires -Condition
Steering tires - over 4/32" tread
Other tires — Condition
Other tires — over 2/32" tread
WHEELS & RIMS
Lock/Slide ring
Fasteners
Disk/Spoke condition
Welds
CARGO & EQUIPMENT (LEAN)
All equipment isecured and well-stored
The truck is organized and there is no excess material
SAFETY
Health and safety manual included in vehicle
First aid kit is complete and items are not expired
Fire extinguisher mounted with current inspection tag
Sure off tester and water management tools on vehicle
IF EQUIPPED WITH A TRAILER
Trailer has been checked for proper connection to the vehicle
Brakes (if equipped)
Cargo secure
Lights/Marker lamps?
Springs
Straps/Tie downs
Trailer tires & pressure
Trailer platform integrity
DRIVER-RELATED FACTORS
All drivers have valid licenses
Drier records of duty and hours worked are available
Drivers all have medical clearance to work
Drivers submit vehicle inspection reports
Drivers free of drugs or alcohol
SUMMARY
List any other condition which may affect safe vehicle operation.
Enter any other observations
Rate the overall condition of the vehicle
RECOMMENDATIONS
Enter recommendations here
SIGN-OFF
Full Name and Signature of Certified Inspector
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Find out what your heavy vehicle needs with a heavy vehicle inspection checklist


Heavy vehicles are a major source of transportation emissions and pollution. They are also more prone to issues than other vehicles, which means they are more often in need of vehicle repair.


The Heavy Vehicle Inspection Scheme (HVIS), or DOT inspection, is an annual roadworthiness inspection that is mandatory for most heavy vehicles. The goal of a hvis inspection is to identify any potential issues so that they can be addressed before the vehicle causes harm or violates safety regulations.


This heavy vehicle inspection checklist will guide you through testing drivetrain components (such as transmissions, axles, and diffs), inspecting brakes and tires for wear/damage/inflation, and reviewing lighting systems, among other things. It aims to address everything addressed in a DOT inspection. The checklist is highly customizable, and you can easily download it on-site. However, by using the Lumiform app, you will have access to a variety of features which ensure that all heavy vehicle inspections are being carried out properly.


Lumiform users can enjoy features such as


  • a simple interface
  • unlimited queries, schedules, forms
  • analytics
  • text and photo comments
  • QR codes
  • custom reports
  • advanced user management

  • By following this truck inspection checklist, certified technicians can ensure that each of your heavy vehicles are operated safely and are not in need of vehicle maintenance or repair.

    Please note that this checklist template is a hypothetical appuses-hero example and provides only standard information. The template does not aim to replace, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or any other applicable law. You should seek your professional advice to determine whether the use of such a checklist is appropriate in your workplace or jurisdiction.
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