Department of Transportation (DOT) Inspections
All commercial motor vehicles (CMV) that weigh more than 10,000 pounds must undergo annual DOT inspections. A DOT inspection is an inspection conducted by the Department of Transportation to ensure that all the CMV parts and accessories are safe to use, in good condition and working properly.
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There are six primary levels of DOT inspections. These may be conducted anywhere by a qualified DOT inspector or state police officer. The following list of the different levels includes an explanation of the methods used in assessing the vehicle and its drive:
Level I: North American Standard Inspection
In checking the vehicle, the evaluation will look at the following parts and accessories:
Emergency exits and/or electrical cables and systems in engine and battery compartments (buses)
Lamps on projecting loads
Securement of cargo
Wheels, rims, and hubcaps