Commercial Vehicle Inspection Checklist

Drivers can use this Commercial Vehicle Inspection Checklist to check the operational readiness and safety of commercial vehicles before use.

Commercial Vehicle Inspection Checklist



Engine Check

1. Are the power steering oil and brake fluid reservoir levels OK?


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2. Are there any visible signs of leakages in the power steering oil and brake fluid reservoir?


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3. Does the windscreen washer bottle have sufficient water?


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4. Is the engine oil level checked?


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5. Is the radiator coolant level checked?


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6. Are there any visible signs of wear or damage to the hoses, belts, and pulleys of the generator, alternator, and water pump?


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7. Is the battery secured in place?


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Wheels And Tyres Check

1. Are all the tires correctly inflated and free from external damage to the tread and sidewalls?


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2. Is there sufficient tread on all the tires (above the tread wear indicator or 1.5 mm)?


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3. Are there any rocks found between dual wheels or between the brake drum and wheel?


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4. If yes, are they removed?


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5. Are all the wheel nuts tight and present?


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6. Does the vehicle sag to one side? If yes, could the problem be a flat tire, overloading, incorrect loading, or a suspension issue?


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Lights And Reflectors Check

1. Are all lights present and operating as intended?


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2. Are all reflectors and lenses in good condition (not faded, cracked, or damaged) and clean and visible?


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3. Are the brake lights and left and right indicators operating correctly?


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External Checks

1. Are all body panels and structures secured and free of dangerous protrusions?


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2. Is the fuel level checked?


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3. Is the top of the containers checked for dunnage?


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4. Are the number plates fitted correctly, clean, and visible for a distance of 20 meters?


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5. Is the tarpaulin secured and all tie-downs checked?


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6. Are the trailer door or load doors closed and fastened?


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7. Are the tailgate, liftgate, sliding ramp, and other equipment put away and ready for travel?


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8. Are the trailer connections and couplings checked?


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9. Is the load properly loaded and secure?


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10. Is all the load restraint equipment in a serviceable condition?


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11. Is the load being carried restrained per company policy?


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12. Do you know your vehicle height (highest point to road level)?


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13. Are there any visible signs of fluid/oil leaks under the vehicle or other external parts of the car?


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14. Where required, are mud flaps present and securely fitted?


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15. Is the exhaust system free from leaks and securely fitted?


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In Cabin Checks

1. Are there no loose objects in the cabin before driving?


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2. Are all windows and rearview mirrors free from cracks, damage, and grime, and do they provide a clear vision to the driver?


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3. Is the horn functioning properly?


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4. Have the rearview mirrors been adjusted to provide a clear and unobstructed view of the rear and sides of the vehicle?


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5. Are the wipers and windscreen washers operational?


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6. Is the driver's seat secure and adjusted to enable the driver to operate the controls?


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7. Is the seat belt functioning correctly and free from damage such as cuts and fraying edges?


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8. With the ignition on, are all dashboard gauges and warning lights working?


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9. With the engine running, have all warning lights, such as brake failure, extinguished?


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10. Are the left and right indicators working at the correct flash rate?


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11. With the engine running, is firm pressure applied to the hydraulic brake pedal, and does the pedal not travel to the floor? Is the brake system failure indicator off, and is the master cylinder fluid level checked?


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12. With the engine running, are the air brakes applied several times until the low-pressure warning is activated? Is the air pressure built to its maximum level before moving the vehicle? Is the vehicle not driven if the low air pressure warning system is not functioning?


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13. Is the air intake filter not clogged? Have the air tank taps been opened, and has the air been checked for oil?


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Emergency And Safety Equipment

1. Is all the proper safety equipment in the vehicle available and in good working condition?


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2. Is there a fully charged fire extinguisher in the vehicle?


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3. Is the first aid kit adequately stocked?


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4. Are there spare fuses in the vehicle?


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5. Is there a serviceable jack in the vehicle?


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6. IS an up-to-date list of emergency services telephone numbers in the vehicle available?


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Checklist by GoAudits.com – Please note that this checklist is intended as an example. We do not guarantee compliance with the laws applicable to your territory or industry. You should seek professional advice to determine how this checklist should be adapted to your workplace or jurisdiction.

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