Daily Pre-Trip Inspections Training
Daily Pre-Trip Inspections Training - Online Course
Daily pre-trip inspections are necessary to operate commercial fleets safely, and for this reason, they are legally required in most jurisdictions. Roads are shared with other drivers, and a malfunctioning commercial vehicle is a major threat. This online course covers the main requirements of a pre-trip inspection, which can help drivers protect themselves and others.
Like with many other types of equipment, prevention involves a much lower cost and effort than assuming the consequences of accidents. Also, consider that accidents often have human consequences like fatalities and severe injuries. Even when there are no injuries, an accident can cause significant material damage. Daily pre-trip inspections can be completed quickly, and they have the potential to prevent many accidents on the road.
The National Safety Code (NSC) was developed by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA), to reduce highway accidents and prevent their human and material consequences. If any vehicle meets the NSC definition of a commercial vehicle, a pre-trip inspection is mandatory:
- Tractors, trailers, trucks, or any combination with a weight of over 4,500 kg.
- Passenger buses designed for more than 10 persons, counting the driver.
Companies must be aware that pre-trip inspections are mandatory for all commercial vehicles they operate, either leased or owned directly.
Basic Requirements of a Pre-Trip Inspection
Whenever a commercial vehicle will be used on a highway, an inspection is mandatory under NSC Standard 13. The motor carrier is responsible for providing inspection schedules to drivers, and inspectors can request these reports from drivers at any time. In the NSC, an inspector is defined as anyone who can enforce local regulations for commercial vehicles.
Under Canadian regulations, drivers must submit inspection reports to companies within 20 days, and they must be kept on file for no less than 6 months:
- Inspection reports must be filed even when no defects or malfunctions are found, notifying that the commercial vehicle is safe to use.
- Any major defects must be reported immediately, and the affected vehicle cannot be used until the issue is repaired. This requirement also applies to major defects that are detected while driving a vehicle.
In general, all commercial vehicles must be inspected at 24-hour intervals. In the case of motor coaches, there are additional inspection requirements every 30 days or every 12,000 km, whichever comes first.
Commercial Driver and Motor Carrier Responsibilities
The responsibility of keeping a commercial vehicle in good working condition is shared by the driver and motor carrier:
- Drivers must conduct daily pre-trip inspections, registering and reporting any defects.
- Motor carriers must keep a record of inspection reports and repairs, while providing drivers with everything they need.
- Carriers are also responsible for repairing vehicles.
The general requirements for pre-trip inspections are covered in NSC Standard 13. However, motor carriers must be aware of specific requirements that may change by jurisdiction. The vehicle types for which a daily inspection is mandatory may also vary.
Pre-trip inspections have the goal of finding vehicle malfunctions early, so drivers can avoid using them until the issues are fixed. Inspections are only effective when carried out daily since vehicle issues can develop within hours. Carriers must also be aware that pre-trip inspections are a complement for planned maintenance and not an alternative.
The Daily Pre-Trip Inspections online course is divided into the following topics:
- Introduction and Pre-Trip Inspection Facts
- Under-the-Hood Inspections
- Walkaround Inspections
- Pre-Trip Inspections for Air Brakes
- Post Trip Inspections
This course was created using standards that will allow playback on most internet capable devices with standard web browsing capabilities including Apple’s iTouch, iPad, and iPhone, as well as most other smart phones and tablets including those with Android and Windows operating systems.
Average Completion Time
Completion times vary depending on the number of times the information is viewed prior to finishing the course. The average completion time is 60 minutes.
Testing is conducted in this online course to reinforce the information presented. You are provided three opportunities to achieve a passing mark of 80% or greater.
Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of this course, a certificate will be available to download and print. You can access your certificate through your online account.