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Three Key Steps Toward DOT Regulatory Compliance

Operating a fleet of semi-trucks requires a great deal of planning and a strict adherence to schedules. If a load is late, there is an immediate impact on the customer, and the company. Therefore, the best trucking companies boast of their well-maintained fleet and professional drivers. The understand that maintenance is the key to success in the trucking industry. They also know that they must meet strict federal regulations regarding semi-truck maintenance and repairs.

Maintenance Specifics

Every company that provides carrier services, as well as those that act as an intermodal equipment providers, must systematically inspect, repair, and maintain, any motor vehicle under its control, per federal law. Every aspect of the vehicle is to be considered, from the frame and suspension to the wheels, steering system, and of course, the motor, brakes and other systems. This must be done in a regular, or systematic manner by appropriately trained and certified mechanics and technicians. The choice to manage maintenance, whether in-house or outsourced, is left to the carrier or fleet owner.

Maintenance Schedules

There is no specific maintenance schedule that all trucking companies must adhere to. The frequency of necessary repairs and regular maintenance depends upon the vehicles, how they are used, where they are used and a variety of other factors. In some cases, maintenance is a monthly occurrence, in other cases, it's a bi-monthly activity. The most important part of this rule is that the maintenance must be done in a systematic manner, which means at regular intervals. Once set, the schedule should be posted for drivers and mechanics to see, and followed, without fail.

Keeping Proper Records

All trucking companies must maintain records for each motor vehicle they control for more than 30 days at a time. This also holds true for intermodal equipment providers use in service of a motor carrier. It is imperative that the records include the identification of the vehicle including, the manufacturer, make, serial number, year, and tire size. If the motor carrier doesn't own the vehicle, the name of the person who owns and furnishes the vehicle has to be recorded. Inspection and maintenance schedules, as well as detailed accounts of the repairs, or maintenance, performed are also required.

Your mechanics, technicians and maintenance crew do a fantastic job of keeping your trucks running smoothly. Staying in full compliance with DOT regulations regarding maintenance and repairs is their job, first, and foremost. Your job is to make sure they have the proper tools, and information. Contact us to learn more about semi-truck maintenance regulations. We welcome the opportunity to assist you in any way that we can.