Completing Daily Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR's)


Depending on where the Carrier is located, this will determine the GVWR

threshold that mandates when a pre-trip inspection must be completed and when

the Daily Vehicle Inspection Report is required to be utilized.


When completing a daily vehicle inspection report (DVIR), as the pre-trip

inspection is completed, it is important that the inspector records all of the

required information required prior to

operating the commercial vehicle on the

roadways. Failing to record such details on the DVIR could lead to delays in

repairs, violations on the roadside, as well as violations during an NSC

Compliance Audit or DOT audit.


Additionally, inspections during the trip should also be completed. Commercial

vehicles, as we all know, are not invincible. There will come a time when

something on the commercial vehicle, will break, which is also known as a defect.

When a defect occurs, it is the Driver's responsibility to identify what the defect

is, determine if the defect is a Major or Minor (in most parts of Canada) by

referring to the schedules located within NSC Standard 13, and record the

information on the inspection report.


The inspector is required to ensure the required documentation of the

commercial vehicle is located within the cab or trailer prior to departure.

Documentation, including but not limited to, permits, insurance, cab card, Safety

Fitness Certificate, and registration paperwork. If missing, this could also result

in violations during a roadside inspection.

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