How often do you get DOT inspections?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by A Bug, Oct 5, 2014.

  1. Pmracing

    Pmracing Road Train Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    Arlington Heights, IL
    Some inspections will happen.

    If you are worried about getting inspected then you are running unsafe. Please get a new career if you are an O/O or move on to another company that will keep your equipment up to spec.

    Last inspection blitz I was worried about 3 inches of DOT reflective sticker on my cab mudflap missing. That was it.

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  3. double yellow

    double yellow Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    State of Jefferson
    OK so a few hours after posting this I got my first side of the road, roadside inspection in Texas (& 1st inspection under my own authority). Just a level 3, but it took 45 minutes... Funny because level 1's in California take 30 minutes...

    (I passed)

    I think you start at 65 and get points added for tickets (& maybe even stuff they find in the new entrant audit). I got my prepass within a month of my authority and got green lights right away.

    If you were a DOT bear and it is 5° and windy, woukd you rather inspect a nice clean new truck that'll probably pass or do you want to spend more time outside inspecting a rattletrap which probably has more violations?
  4. unloader

    unloader Heavy Load Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    This was something my trainer drilled in my head. He told me over and over keep my dash clean, don't pile trash up there. Don't roll through with something OBVIOUS and most importantly know where the scales are at so you are PREPARED. Generally, if you work for a larger company that has prepass you are going to get the green light almost every time, but you should still ensure there aren't any glaring, obvious issues with your truck.

    I got told by a safety guy one time the DOT would scrutinize a truck with a bug splattered windshield more than a truck with an obviously clean one. Clearly your mileage will always vary when it comes to the DOT.

  5. Scuby

    Scuby Heavy Load Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    I've been with Covenant for a little over 2 years and haven't had any inspections,but that changed quickly. The only thing I can say for sure it is there is a lot variables for getting pulled in for an inspection. Harley Tramp posted the best chance of reducing the chance of being inspected,but it doesn't entirely elimate the chance.
  6. asavage1576

    asavage1576 Light Load Member

    Mar 18, 2013
    The last shop I worked at was a fuel delivery company and those drivers were ALWAYS getting inspected. At one loading rack in DFW local police had their own little DOT inspectors that would sit outside in the parking lot and pull trucks in as they left the loading rack. I understand brakes, wheel seals, unsecured cargo etc. But come on....a license plate light ticket at 1pm?
  7. zoekatya

    zoekatya Medium Load Member

    Mar 15, 2013
    Baltimore, MD
    I've had a level one and a level two in a year one was road side
  8. MathesonDriver

    MathesonDriver Bobtail Member

    Oct 7, 2014
    Us Hazmat Drivers get a little more, 4 level 3's, 6 level 2's and 2 level 1's in 7 years. Also a level 1 I wasn't even there for. No violations just a warning for faded placards
  9. icsheeple

    icsheeple Trailing the Herd

    Nov 1, 2013
    Kansas City, KS
    A faded placard, shame on you. Shame.
    MathesonDriver Thanks this.
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