Maintenance Guide

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations Have Changed

Effective January 1, 2011
ODOT will start inforcing trailer safety laws.These new laws effect combination (tow vehicle and trailer) and/or trailers with a GVW of 10,001+ pounds used for personal gain or commercial use. Down load a pdf copy of the ODOT Guidelines.

All commercial motor carriers must pass an annual inspection performed by a certified inspector. Motor carriers shall systematically and routinely inspect, repair and maitain all Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMV) subject to their control. (This includes tow units.)All vehicle parts and accessories which may affect safety must be in safe working condition at all times. Drivers are required to inspect all CMV's they operate daily (pre-trip and post-trip)

Carriers must ensure all CVM's pass an annual inspection performed by a certified inspector. Carriers must maintain a maitenance file for all CVM's under the carriers control. The file shall contain all records of inspection, repair and maintenance in accordance with the requirements set forth in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.


Before driving a CMV, a driver must:Be satisfied the vehicle is in safe operating condition.Review and sign the last post-trip inspection report.


Every driver must perform and document a vehicle inspection at the end of each day that a vehicle is operated.This inspection report must identify the CMV and list any defect which affects the safe operation of the vehicle.A copy of the report must be maintained in the vehicle's maintenance file.

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