A Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) is a formal report which confirms that a driver has completed an inspection on a commercial motor vehicle. Drivers must complete pre-trip and post-trip inspections and detail any mechanical defects they encounter. These inspections play an important part in improving road safety while ensuring fleet compliance.
DVIRs are enforced by authorities in the U.S. with the aim of increasing safety by reducing the number of collisions, injuries and fatalities involving commercial vehicles. DVIRs help improve road safety by enforcing vehicle inspections before and after every trip. Without these inspections, pre-existing vehicle issues could cause fatal collisions on the road, creating a dangerous environment for all.
Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) Inspectors are responsible for completing roadside inspections on commercial motor vehicles and drivers. Noncompliance to DVIR regulations may result in fines given at the discretion of the Department of Transportation (DOT) officer. Vehicles which are deemed unsafe during a roadside inspection will be out of commission effective immediately. This unplanned downtime could create a loss in revenue to the carrier.
The following regulations under section §396.11 must be included in vehicle inspection reports:
A Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) is a formal document detailing any mechanical defects found during a driver’s daily inspection of a commercial motor vehicle. Inspections must be performed at the beginning of a driver’s shift and again at the end (known as the pre-trip inspection and post-trip inspection). Geotab Drive makes fleet compliance easier than ever through its intuitive DVIR logging and certification process.