Fleet Inspection Programs

DEKRA offers customized inspection programs leveraging regular and random screening evaluations to ensure the safety of commercial vehicle fleets and to reduce the occurrence of road-side inspection non-compliances.

Annual DOT Inspections

Our most common inspection is the Basic Annual DOT Inspection evaluating all of the inspection elements required for the U.S. Department of Transportation's annual inspection as detailed in the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Appendix G regulation. The Basic Annual DOT Inspection provides demonstration of compliance with U.S. Federal Regulations and alerts state roadside inspectors that the vehicle has passed the inspection requirements for the year while providing organized and easy access to your fleet's inspection records to prepare for compliance audits or reviews through DEKRA's data management system. Each inspection includes:

  • Road-side inspection of each vehicle conducted by a qualified expert DEKRA inspector
  • Inspection Report delivered through our password-protected web site detailing non-compliances according to the Code of Federal Regulations section 396.21(a) as well as an advisory list of components approaching minimum requirements
  • Official DEKRA window decal valid for one year certifying each vehicle meeting federal inspection requirements

393 Inspections

In addition to the evaluation, Inspection Report, and window decal offered in the Basic Annual DOT Inspection, the 393 Inspection addresses the most rigorous roadside inspection regime as outlined in FMCSA 49 CFR Part 393. This inspection provides a check of every vehicle component and part referenced in Part 393 to increase your fleet's passing percentage at official state road-side inspections.

Random "Blitz" Safety Screenings

DEKRA understands that the time and miles in between annual inspection cycles is too long to ensure optimum condition of a fleet and provides a tool to reduce the risk of equipment placed out of service by a road-side inspector. Our Random "Blitz" Safety Screenings performs random checks of a terminal's fleet at designated terminals or locations with minimal notice to drivers. This snapshot assessment serves multiple purposes to:

  • Identify ongoing maintenance issues
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the company's maintenance and repair programs
  • Gauge state road-side inspection risks
  • Meet the FMCSA Part 396.(a) requirement to systematically inspect, repair, and maintain vehicles
  • Help keep fleets compliant with CVSA (Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance) requirements

Repaired Equipment Audits

DEKRA's Equipment Audits compare the pre-repair and post-repair condition of vehicle components to identify deficiencies in a maintenance program and to assess the accuracy, need, and thoroughness of repairs performed. Each audit includes an in-depth inspection of each component and condition listed in the FMCSA 49 CFR Part 393 regulation in order to determine compliance with CVSA out-of-service criteria. If during the inspection a critical component is found defective, a complete vehicle inspection is performed.

Cargo Tank Inspections

Built on the stringent requirements of FMCSA 49 CFR Part 393 as well as applicable items in the North American Standard (NAS) Inspection Procedure, DEKRA's Cargo Tank Inspections evaluate:

  • Placarding and marking compliance
  • Package authorization
  • Inspect test date marketing and securement integrity
  • Double bulkhead drains
  • Piping and protection
  • Emergency flow control devices
  • Manhole assemblies, pressure relief devices, and overturn protection if applicable

Like our Annual DOT Inspections, a comprehensive report is provided including an advisory list of components approaching minimum federal standards and an official DEKRA decal is applied for passing inspections.

Contact our Commercial Vehicle Services team at +1 203-775-0011 for more information or to customize a fleet inspection program based on your specific needs and requirements.