Commercial Vehicle Inspection (CVI)

Commercial vehicle inspections (CVI) are mandatory checks to ensure that large trucks, buses, and other commercial vehicles are safe and operating legally

A commercial vehicle inspection (CVI) is the process of systematically tracking, monitoring, and ensuring the roadworthiness of your commercial vehicles throughout their lifecycle. Key Components of a CVI Program

Key Components of a CVI Program:

  • Pre- and post-trip inspections: Visual inspections of vehicles before and after each trip, checking critical components like tires, brakes, lights, and fluid levels.
  • Periodic inspections: Comprehensive inspections conducted at regular intervals, typically annually, adhering to guidelines set by government department. 
  • Third party inspections: It refers to an independent evaluations conducted by organizations unaffiliated with the fleet owner, driver, or manufacturer. 
  • Driver vehicle inspection reports: It is a record of a driver's pre-trip and post-trip inspections of their vehicle.
  • FMCSA Inspections: Comprehensive evaluation of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) and its driver to ensure they comply with federal safety regulations of the USA. 
  • Roadside inspections: These are the most common type, conducted at weigh stations, designated inspection sites, or during traffic stops.
  • Carrier facility inspections: Inspectors may visit a fleet terminal to evaluate the carrier's overall safety practices and documentation.
  • Post-accident inspections: Following a CMV accident, inspectors may investigate the vehicle to determine if mechanical failure played a role.

Examples of commercial vehicle inspections 

  • Tires: Checking for proper inflation, wear and tear, and any foreign objects lodged in the tread.
  • Brakes: Testing the service brakes and parking brake for functionality and leaks.
  • Lights: Ensuring all headlights, taillights, brake lights, turn signals, and hazard lights are working properly.
  • Fluid levels: Checking engine oil, coolant, windshield washer fluid, and power steering fluid for proper levels.
  • Mirrors: Adjusting mirrors to provide a clear view of all sides and blind spots of the vehicle.

Benefits of a regular CVI Program:

  • Reduced downtime and costs: Prevents unexpected breakdowns and keeps your fleet operational, ensuring efficient service
  • Enhanced safety: Minimize the risk of breakdowns and accidents, protecting drivers, other motorists, and the public.
  • Improved compliance: Ensure your fleet adheres to all FMCSA and DOT regulations, avoiding costly fines and penalties.
  • Extended vehicle lifespan: Help commercial vehicles last longer, maximizing your return on investment (ROI).
  • Data-driven decision making: Inspection data provides valuable insights into fleet performance, allowing you to make informed decisions.

Mandated by law to maintain roadworthiness, reduce likelihood of accidents, and avoid costly fines.