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    What will happen at a DOT inspection with a cracked windshield?

    My mentor is an o/o and has a crack that runs dead center of the windshield, top to bottom... and I wonder what would DOT say about this, and if I am driving am I in trouble? Thanks!

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    I'm not exactly sure but it's not good and the dot won't care that ur new or not ur truck. Even if you only get a warning you can still get points on CSA according to Texas dot. If ur driving anything that happens is on you along with falsification of fed document if you didn't list it on ur pretrip. I wouldn't do it.

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    i would have it fixed.at least keep putting it on your pre trip inspection sheet

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    <sigh>

    Put it on your POST TRIP sheet. Pre-trip inspections are not required to be documented, nor are they even required by law. Post trip inspections ARE required by law, ARE required to be documented, and the items listed on the written inspection MUST be repaired by the company before the truck can return to service.


    396.11Driver vehicle inspection report(s).

    (a) Report required.
    (1) Motor carriers.Every motor carrier shall require its drivers to report, and every driver shall prepare a report in writing at the completion of each day's work on each vehicle operated, except for intermodal equipment tendered by an intermodal equipment provider. The report shall cover at least the following parts and accessories:
    —Service brakes including trailer brake connections
    —Parking brake
    —Steering mechanism
    —Lighting devices and reflectors
    —Tires
    —Horn
    —Windshield wipers
    —Rear vision mirrors
    —Coupling devices
    —Wheels and rims
    —Emergency equipment

    (b) Report content. The report shall identify the vehicle and list any defect or deficiency discovered by or reported to the driver which would affect the safety of operation of the vehicle or result in its mechanical breakdown. If no defect or deficiency is discovered by or reported to the driver, the report shall so indicate. In all instances, the driver shall sign the report. On two-driver operations, only one driver needs to sign the driver vehicle inspection report, provided both drivers agree as to the defects or deficiencies identified. If a driver operates more than one vehicle during the day, a report shall be prepared for each vehicle operated.

    (c) Corrective action. Prior to requiring or permitting a driver to operate a vehicle, every motor carrier or its agent shall repair any defect or deficiency listed on the driver vehicle inspection report which would be likely to affect the safety of operation of the vehicle.

    (1) Every motor carrier or its agent shall certify on the original driver vehicle inspection report which lists any defect or deficiency that the defect or deficiency has been repaired or that repair is unnecessary before the vehicle is operated again.
    393.60Glazing in specified openings.

    (c) Windshield condition. With the exception of the conditions listed in paragraphs (c)(1), (c)(2), and (c)(3) of this section, each windshield shall be free of discoloration or damage in the area extending upward from the height of the top of the steering wheel (excluding a 51 mm (2 inch) border at the top of the windshield) and extending from a 25 mm (1 inch) border at each side of the windshield or windshield panel.

    Exceptions:

    (1) Coloring or tinting which meets the requirements of paragraph (d) of this section;

    (2) Any crack that is not intersected by any other cracks;

    (3) Any damaged area which can be covered by a disc 19 mm (3/4 inch) in diameter if not closer than 76 mm (3 inches) to any other similarly damaged area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by windsmith View Post
    <sigh>

    Put it on your POST TRIP sheet. Pre-trip inspections are not required to be documented, nor are they even required by law. Post trip inspections ARE required by law, ARE required to be documented, and the items listed on the written inspection MUST be repaired by the company before the truck can return to service.
    Thanks! Mr. Swift mentor keeps telling me not to put it down. Every 34hr reset we have been to he claims, oh I am going to have my windshield done However, I will going forward. Thanks again!

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    geez only like 100 dollars with safelite stupid reason to get dinged ......

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjay View Post
    Thanks! Mr. Swift mentor keeps telling me not to put it down.

    If you're happy with your mentor, then drag him/her aside and let him/her know that the windshield needs to be fixed or you're going over his/her head to get it done. If you're not happy with your mentor, go over his/her head and let the company know that your mentor has told you to falsify your documentation. That should get some attention

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdad7 View Post
    geez only like 100 dollars with safelite stupid reason to get dinged ......
    Well, I've heard that you can't operate the truck for 24 hours while the sealer cures...

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    Very unhappy with said mentor. I have tried to get off his truck for health issues.. my DM was pissed at me, and said he would work on in...that was 9 days ago, and he will not return my calls. Going in to a terminal tomorrow, so I will say something again. I am just worried Swift will just hand me a bus ticket home.

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    not sure why he did not do it yesterday... we have been sitting at this truck stop for 24hrs... not to mention we just did a 34hr reset this past Saturday?!

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