Requiring all drivers to fill out Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports on a daily basis may seem like an overbearing and tedious task. However, when properly implemented, this federal mandate can minimize risks and save money.
The Federal Motor Carrier Association regulates DVIRs for the purpose of detailing vehicle operation and safety issues. At the end of each day a vehicle is in operation, fleet drivers must complete and submit a DVIR noting the following parts and accessories:
- Service brakes (including trailer brake connections)
- Parking brake
- Steering mechanism
- Lighting devices and reflectors
- Windshield wipers
- Rear vision mirrors
- Coupling devices
- Wheels and rims
- Emergency equipment
While it seems simple enough, the top fleet safety violation is the failure to maintain vehicle inspection reports, according to the FMCSA.
That’s because drivers already have so much on their minds, and manually filling out monotonous paperwork is the last thing anyone wants to do at the end of the day, every day.
Minimizing Risk and Eliminating Manual Paperwork
Fleet drivers can avoid this daily headache and automate their inspection logs by using a telematics solution.
With Teletrac's Electronic Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports, drivers can remove the tedious chore of manually filling out daily inspection logs by simply entering all of their daily vehicle inspection logs electronically via an in-cab tablet.
These electronic DVIRs also eliminate safety risks by providing fleet managers with vehicle information that can easily identify, group and monitor vehicles that require maintenance.
Teletrac’s electronic DVIRs are compliant with the FMCSA regulation that sanctions motor carriers to require every driver prepare a pre- and post-trip inspection report at the start and conclusion of each day's work on each vehicle operated.
Randy Thomas is a Senior Account Executive at Teletrac and works very closely with delivery, service and private carrier fleets. Randy is also a pivotal member of our Chairman's Club and is one of our go-to brain trust's in the world of telematics and GPS technology. Email Randy Thomas