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Everything You Need to Know About the DVIR

A driver vehicle inspection report (DVIR) is a record that shows a commercial driver has completed an official inspection of their vehicle.

There are two inspections that must be performed: the pre-trip inspection and the post-trip inspection.

The pre-trip inspection happens at the start of the day before work, while the post-trip inspection happens at the conclusion of the day’s driving. 

A DVIR is part of the daily duties of a driver, ensuring vehicle maintenance, safety, and fleet compliance is upheld.

What is the DVIR Process?

There are 4 steps that must be fulfilled to complete a DVIR, which we outline below:

1. Vehicle Inspection: The driver walks around the vehicle, carefully examining under the hood, checking for damages, and running the engine to test the brakes, lights, and other mechanical functions.

2. Report Defects: Any damages that impair the safe operation of a vehicle must be reported by the driver.

3. Sign Off: After the report is complete, the driver signs it and passes it off to the carrier.

4. Corrective Action/Certification of Repairs: The reported damages must be repaired and certified immediately.

This is What a Vehicle Inspection Covers

When you inspect your vehicle, these are the key components you’ll want to focus on for your report.

  • Steering wheel
  • Coupling equipment and fifth wheels
  • Tires, rims, and wheels
  • Windshield wipers
  • Brakes and air system
  • Emergency equipment
  • Rearview mirrors
  • Lights and reflectors
  • Power unit and trailer

Why is a DVIR Required?

The main objective of U.S. transportation authorities is to reduce the number of accidents, injuries, and fatalities associated with commercial vehicles.

A DVIR confirms a vehicle is in prime working condition and safe to operate on the road.

Bear in mind that if carriers do not comply they can be subjected to fines issued by the Department of Transportation.

US1 Network Drivers Rely on GEOTab 8 Transflo ELD Device

Some of the drivers at US1 Network utilize the GEOTab 8 Transflo ELD device, which easily connects to a device that can be plugged into a truck. This makes DVIRs a piece of cake.

Half of the work involved with DVIRs is making sure they are recorded and organized. Fortunately, drivers can automate the process using platforms like Geotab to save time and hassle.

It’s an efficient system that requires the driver to open the Geotab Drive mobile app, select the DVIR option, and fill out the report.

Not only is this easier for the driver, but the reports can be monitored by fleet managers. Notifications pop up within 30 minutes of a reported defect, enabling managers to take action ASAP.


Everything You Need to Know About the DVIR
Courtney L.
September 22, 2021

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