I've had my log book checked before, but never had my truck inspected. What does the Dot check when they do the truck inspection. Is it inside truck and out? Or is it just outside stuff like brakes, tires, ect?
Dot Truck Inspections
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* free play
* cracked, missing parts
* (oil leaks)
* (coolant leaks)
* low pressure cut-off
* low pressure warning
* fire puter-outer
* cracked or defective
* missing componets
* loose/missing bolts
* medical card
* DOT Inspection
Level II inspection
paperwork for truck,trailer, driver and load
Level III Inspection
paperwork for driver only
I probably missed some thing
Sounds about right, although last time I was stopped by DOT (in PA), they checked out my coloring book, bills and did a walk-around inspection.
During the inspect, they found a marker light that was out (that I knew about), but didn't bust my chops because the officer had already wrote me a $120 logbook ticket (I was two hours behind on my logs, whatta stupid move on my part).
Basically, it is at the officer's discretion as to how hard they look. At the same time the officers were 'lightly' inspecting me, another officer was on a crawler under the truck next to me, and they found a lot of defects on his truck/trailer.
I'm curious about the logbook check....
1) Was your book current to the last change of "duty status" ?
2) Normally a logbook only 2 hours behind does not even raise an eyebrow but, if you had some status changes , I guess that could throw a flag on the field....
Nope Buzzsaw (and PhP), I had shown getting up, and that's it. There were two hours between my wakey-wakey and when I crossed paths with the DOT officer; I had used the time to eat breakfast, and get the truck washed (streakin' beacon, Carlisle PA). So I was not current to the last change of duty status; had I shown my PTI and put myself on the driveline, I would have been fine.
The moral of the story, you live and learn, and if you loose-leaf (which I do), then you have NO EXCUSE for not being current on your log!
Often I will pad my log book...Let's say I get loaded at 2pm. I will make it look as if I was loaded at 11am. That way I can take a 7 hour break instead of a 10 hour break.
What happens if I get my log book checked 1 hour into my trip, (3 PM) and the Dot guy says "why did it take you 4 hours to get here, when it should have taken 1 hour?"
Would this be a violation or isn't that really enough for them to go crazy about?
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