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What are the Service Requirements for Commercial Trucks?

The United States federal government has put strict inspection and service requirements in place for commercial trucks in an effort to help keep road users safe from unnecessary dangers.

When trucking companies forgo these inspection and service requirements, serious consequences can result—not just for truckers, but for all nearby road users.

Commercial Truck Service Requirements

According to Title 49 §396.3, all commercial vehicles must be regularly inspected, repaired, and maintained, and it is the responsibility of all parties formally affiliated with the vehicle to ensure these requirements are fulfilled.

The parts and accessories on commercial vehicles must be in safe and adequate condition at all times. Some of these parts include (but are not limited to):

  • Frame and frame assemblies
  • Suspension systems
  • Axles and attaching parts
  • Wheels and rims
  • Steering systems

Additionally, the following parts on buses must be inspected no less than every 90 days:

  • Pushout windows
  • Emergency doors
  • Emergency door marking lights

Record Retention

When commercial vehicles receive inspections, there should be records of the inspections indicating their nature and outcome.

Inspections must be conducted once every 30 days and the inspection records must be retained either where the vehicle is stored or maintained for at least one year and six months after the vehicle is no longer in the control of the motor carrier.

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