CA Carrier: Do BIT 90 day inspections count for the Annual DOT inspection required federally?

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  1. speedstickman

    speedstickman Bobtail Member

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    I am a CA carrier. I get the BIT inspection done every 90 days (as required by CA law). Is the annual DOT required by federal law the same as the BIT inspection? or do I need to get a separate DOT inspection every year to fulfill this requirement? Thank you
     
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  3. LOTSO

    LOTSO Medium Load Member

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    B.I.T. is "Biannual Inspection of Terminal" CHP doesn't even do those anymore. They adopted the FMCSA protocol. Basically, after your initial New Entrant Inspection, unless you screw up, you won't hear from them again. I don't think I've had a "B.I.T." in 15 years. You are doing a "90 Day Inspection" which can be done by the company owner or companies mechanic, if they had one, which, I believe is required at the Federal level also. The "Annual D.O.T. Inspection" has to be done by an independent shop. Cannot be performed by the company's mechanics. This inspection report must be carried in the vehicle ready to show L.E. Someone else here might know more though.
     
  4. Big Road Skateboard

    Big Road Skateboard Road Train Member

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    I don't think they replace a federal DOT. But, a DOT inspection can be performed by anybody, through either FMCSA certification or self certification. Not saying any swingin Jimmy is certified, but if you are, you can do your own.

    If you're leased on somewhere, i doubt they will accept you doing your own, and would require a shop.
     
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