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Emphasizing vehicle maintenance

by Harry Dietz
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Roofing contractors face some unique challenges to keep their drivers and the public safe when transporting materials, equipment and personnel to and from job sites. And insurance companies that insure construction industry clientele report vehicle-related claims remain major liability exposures in the roofing industry. Clearly, proper training, supervision and discipline of company drivers are foundational elements of any comprehensive fleet safety program. However, one of the most neglected requirements of a program intended to ensure safe operation of commercial vehicles is the driver vehicle inspection report (DVIR).

DVIRs

The requirements for a daily DVIR are contained in Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations Part 396 of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR). The rules essentially codify regular inspection, repair and maintenance procedures to be followed for all commercial vehicles. For this purpose, a commercial motor vehicle is defined as any self-propelled or towed motor vehicle used on a highway in interstate commerce to transport passengers or property and having a gross vehicle weight rating, gross combination weight rating, gross vehicle weight or gross combination weight of 10,001 pounds (4536 kg) or more. Additionally, the rules apply to any vehicle, regardless of weight, used in the transportation of quantities of hazardous materials subject to placard rules.

FMCSR compel a company to require its drivers to prepare a written report, the DVIR, at the end of the day for each commercial vehicle the driver operated during the day. At a minimum, the DVIR must contain information about each of the following 11 vehicle...



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