Federal inspection regulations

The NHTSA has set up a periodic minimum inspection standards program under which the following vehicles must be inspected:

Any vehicle involved in interstate commerce with a gross vehicle weight over 10,000 pounds with or without power, including trucks, buses, tractor/trailers, full trailers, semi-trailers, converter dollies, container chassis, booster axles, and jeep axles

Any vehicle, regardless of weight, designed to carry more than fifteen passengers, including the driver

Any vehicle, regardless of weight, carrying hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placarding

Each vehicle must carry proof that an inspection was completed. Proof can be either a copy of the inspection form kept on the vehicle or a decal. If using a decal, a copy of the inspection form must be kept on file and indicate where an inspector can call or write to get a copy of it. Size and shape of the decal is not specified. It may be purchased from a supplier or even be made by the PM shop. The only requirement is that it remains legible. Each “vehicle” must be inspected separately. This means a tractor/trailer is two vehicles, each requiring a decal; a converter dolly is a separate vehicle. The decal must show the following information:

Date (month and year) the vehicle passed the inspection

Name and address to contact about the inspection record. The record can be stored anywhere as long as the decal states where to contact the fleet.

Certification that the vehicle has passed the inspection

Vehicle identification information (fleet unit number or serial number) sufficient to identify the vehicle You can check out the NHTSA Web site at http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov.

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