The Department of Transportation (DOT) requires that all commercial vehicles have an annual inspection to ensure that the vehicle is safe and within emission standards.
The DOT sends out the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), and holds a 72-hour checkpoint to make sure commercial vehicles are up to date. If a truck fails to provide proof of inspection, fails inspection, or refuses inspection, monetary penalties such as fines will occur for going against DOT regulations.
These fines range in price and escalate quickly based on levels of severity, here are three examples provided:
- Knowing falsification of records: $12,135
- Out-of-service order: failure to cease operations: $26,126
- Violation of hazardous materials or safety permitting regulations: $78,376
- Same, resulting in death, serious injury, or destruction of property: $182,877
The bottom line is to be prepared. For a smooth inspection and the avoidance of fees, both drivers and companies should have all their truck affairs in order. Tom’s Truck Center can perform all vehicle repairs and inspections to make sure a commercial truck will pass. Give us a call today to schedule ahead!