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On Thursday, the Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, testified at a Senate budget hearing and asked about what the DOT is or isn’t doing on
Vehicle maintenance costs can be a huge line item for fleet companies and at times, hard to keep under control. Routine maintenance of your vehicles is a necessity in order to ensure that your biggest assets stay on the road at all times.
What is the FMCSA Regulation for Vehicle Maintenance?
§396.3 (a-c) - Inspection, repair, and maintenance
Every motor carrier shall systematically inspect, repair, and maintain, or cause to be systematically inspected, repaired, and maintained, all motor vehicles subject to its control.
Every motor carrier and intermodal equipment provider must systematically inspect, repair, and maintain, or cause to be systematically inspected, repaired, and maintained, all motor vehicles and intermodal equipment subject to its control.
(1) Parts and accessories shall be in safe and proper operating condition at all times. These include those specified in part 393 of this subchapter and any additional parts and accessories which may affect safety of operation, including but not limited to, frame and frame assemblies, suspension systems, axles and attaching parts, wheels and rims, and steering systems.
(2) Pushout windows, emergency doors, and emergency door marking lights in buses shall be inspected at least every 90 days.
Motor carriers, except for a private motor carrier of passengers (nonbusiness), must maintain, or cause to be maintained, records for each motor vehicle they control for 30 consecutive days. Intermodal equipment providers must maintain or cause to be maintained, records for each unit of intermodal equipment they tender or intend to tender to a motor carrier. These records must include:
(1) An identification of the vehicle including company number, if so marked, make, serial number, year, and tire size. In addition, if the motor vehicle is not owned by the motor carrier, the record shall identify the name of the person furnishing the vehicle;
(2) A means to indicate the nature and due date of the various inspection and maintenance operations to be performed;
(3) A record of inspection, repairs, and maintenance indicating their date and nature; and
(4) A record of tests conducted on pushout windows, emergency doors, and emergency door marking lights on buses.
The records required by this section shall be retained where the vehicle is either housed or maintained for a period of 1 year and for 6 months after the motor vehicle leaves the motor carrier’s control.
If you are a CMV driver or a motor carrier employing commercial truck drivers, vehicle maintenance needs to be a top priority for you and your company. Preventative maintenance and thorough pre-trip and post-trip inspections are key to avoiding breakdowns, which can be a huge headache that will cost you a lot of money.
Our experienced and knowledgeable Vehicle Maintenance Specialists can make all the difference and will effectively manage your vehicle maintenance to meet your specific driving demands.
Proper vehicle maintenance is all about consistency and being proactive. Staying ahead of any potential issues will help to avoid issues while driving.
In addition to many other services, vehicle maintenance is included in many of our DOT Compliance Programs.
We can effortlessly handle an unlimited number of Preventative Maintenance Schedules for all of the vehicles in your fleet, ensuring the proper functionality of all of your trucks.
Your Vehicle Maintenance Specialist’s attention to detail will be important in keeping everything running seamlessly.
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