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.