DVIRs

Property carrying drivers are required to complete a driver vehicle inspection report whenever a defect or deficiency is discovered by or reported to the driver which would affect the safe operation of the vehicle or result in its mechanical breakdown.

Many motor carriers require drivers to complete the DVIR for all post-trip inspections as a best practice and safety management control to:

  • Document that a post-trip inspection was conducted,
  • Minimize the risk of operating unsafe vehicles, and
  • Protect their Vehicle Maintenance BASIC score.

Daily vehicle inspection reports (DVIRs) are required when equipment problems or safety concerns are identified and when there are none to report.

The FMCSA’s policy has been to encourage carriers to use electronic means for information collection and retention since the 1990s. One of the first reasons to do so involved the handling of DVIRs.

Driver's Daily Vehicle Inspection Reports must be kept for 3 months.

No, a driver vehicle inspection report no longer has to be carried in the vehicle in the United States. Upon completion, they can immediately be filed.

Pre- and Post-Trip Inspection

A driver must be satisfied that all CMV equipment is in safe operating condition before operating. In addition, drivers must complete a report that identifies the vehicle and list any defect or deficiency discovered by or reported to the driver which would affect the safe operation of the vehicle or result in its mechanical breakdown.

According to §395.2, "All time inspecting, servicing, or conditioning any commercial motor vehicle at any time” is considered on-duty and logged as such. If a DVIR is completed, the time used to complete the form is also considered on-duty."

Canadian Requirements

Motor carriers operating in Canada need to comply with Canadian national, provincial and territorial requirements that require the previous post-trip driver vehicle inspection report. Drivers need to prepare and to carry a copy of their previous day’s post-trip DVIR, regardless of whether there are defects to report.

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