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May 13, 2017

Simplify and Streamline your FMCSA Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports

Transform paper check sheets into a mobile app for your drivers with Whip Around.  Transform paper check sheets into a mobile app for your drivers with Whip Around. 

As all transport business leadership personnel are aware, Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIRs) are a required part of any operation. But where do these regulations come from, and what exactly is required?

In the United States, the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) "is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government." Within the CFRs, Title 49 deals with federal regulations pertaining to transportation, and Part 396 details those regulations pertaining to inspection, repair, and maintenance. Part 396.11 specifically describes DVIRs and the federal regulations surrounding them. Among other requirements, the CFRs state that all DVIRs must "cover at least the following parts and accessories:

(i) Service brakes including trailer brake connections;

(ii) Parking brake;

(iii) Steering mechanism;

(iv) Lighting devices and reflectors;

(v) Tires;

(vi) Horn;

(vii) Windshield wipers;

(viii) Rear vision mirrors;

(ix) Coupling devices;

(x) Wheels and rims;

(xi) Emergency equipment."

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) provides available interpretations for the regulations detailed in 49 CFR Part 396.11. These interpretations note that no specific DVIR type needs to be used as long as the report contains all required information and signatures detailed in the CFRs. Among many other items, the interpretations also indicate that either the driver or a commercial repair facility must certify en route repairs, and that "a separate DVIR must be prepared for each power unit operated during the day’s work."

Even with this small overview, it is easy to see that Federal regulations can involve many details and be quite complicated. Many transportation businesses still rely on paper-based vehicle inspection reports to comply with these regulations which leaves room for errors and is often lacking in efficiency. Whip Around allows you to transition from cumbersome paper-based inspection reports to a web and mobile based customizable, compliant, and efficient experience; one where drivers can create and upload reports based on your CFR compliant requirements right on their smartphones.

Contact Whip Around today to see how we can help you maintain control over the inspection process whilst making the user experience simple and effective.

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