What is a Safety Sensitive Defect?

May 5, 2017 0 Comments in Uncategorized by


Reminder of the week.

What is a Safety Sensitive Defect?

FMCSA regulations CFR 396.13 state that before driving a motor vehicle, the driver shall:

  1. Be satisfied that the vehicle is in safe operating condition;
  2. Review the last driver vehicle inspection report; and
  3. Sign the report, only if the driver who prepared the report, to acknowledge that the driver has reviewed it and that there is a certification that the required repairs have been performed, noted defects or deficiencies. The signature requirement does not apply to listed defects on a towed unit, which is no longer part of the vehicle combination.

Does the pre-trip inspection need to be documented? Although the pre-trip is not required by regulation to be documented, it is a good idea to document the inspection; I recommend that the pre-trip inspection be “flagged” on the driver’s record of duty status in the “Grid” section.

Now let’s take a look at the post trip inspection. The FMCSA CFR 396.11 requires that every driver report, and prepare a report in writing at the completion of each day’s work on each vehicle operated and that report (DVIR) shall cover the following parts and accessories:

  1. Service brakes including trailer brake connections.
  2. Parking (hand) brake
  3. Steering Mechanism
  4. Lighting devices and reflectors
  5. Tires
  6. Horn
  7. Windshield Wipers
  8. Rear vision mirrors
  9. Coupling devices
  10. Wheels and rims
  11. Emergency equipment.


Klemens Kuqi 

Compliance Manager