North American Standard Level I Inspection Procedure

North American Standard Level I Inspection Procedure

Law enforcement officers follow the following appropriate steps when conducting each corresponding inspection procedure. This consistency in procedure ensures a uniform inspection procedure of both commercial motor vehicles and their drivers, no matter the state, province, jurisdiction or territory.

  • Choose the inspection site
  • Approach the vehicle
  • Greet and prepare the driver
  • Interview driver
  • Collect the driver’s documents
  • Check for presence of hazardous materials/dangerous goods
  • Identify the carrier
  • Examine driver’s license
  • Check Medical Examiner’s Certificate and Skill Performance Evaluation (SPE) Certificate (if applicable)
  • Check record of duty status
  • Review driver’s daily vehicle inspection report (if applicable)
  • Review periodic inspection report(s)
  • Prepare driver for vehicle inspection
  • Inspect front of tractor
  • Inspect left front side of tractor
  • Inspect left saddle tank area
  • Inspect trailer front
  • Inspect left rear tractor area
  • Inspect left side of trailer
  • Inspect left rear trailer wheels
  • Inspect rear of trailer
  • Inspect double, triple and full trailers
  • Inspect right rear trailer wheels
  • Inspect right side of trailer
  • Inspect right rear tractor area
  • Inspect right saddle tank area
  • Inspect right front side of tractor
  • Inspect steering axle(s)
  • Inspect axle(s) 2 and/or 3
  • Inspect axle(s) 4 and/or 5
  • Prepare the vehicle and check brake adjustment
  • Inspect tractor protection system (this procedure tests both the tractor protection system and the emergency brakes)
  • Inspect required brake system warning devices
  • Test air loss rate
  • Check steering wheel lash
  • Check fifth wheel movement
  • Complete the inspection
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