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.