Q. Can a Roadside Inspector conduct an inspection after a collision? How is this fair, if the vehicle has been mashed up?
A. A commercial vehicle involved in a crash can be given a Level I North American Standard Inspection (Safety Inspection) covering: driver’s license, medical examiner’s certificate (if required), and medical waiver, if applicable, alcohol and drugs, driver’s record of duty status as required, hours of service, seat belt, vehicle inspection report, and critical items as the brake system, coupling devices, exhaust system, frame, fuel system, turn signals, brake lamps, tail lamps, head lamps, lamps on projecting loads, safe loading, steering mechanism, suspension, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels and rims, windshield wipers, emergency exits on buses, and HM requirements, as applicable.
If some of the parts and accessories are damaged due to the crash, the officer may document any defects that need to be repaired before the vehicle can go back on the road. If the defects were the result of the collision, then no CSA points for the defects should be assessed against the carrier.
Tip: Check your Crash Indicator BASIC After a Crash
Any post-crash vehicle damage to parts or accessories due to a collision should not result in CSA points. Check your CSA scores on your Crash Indicator BASIC at least thirty to forty-five days after the collision. If CSA points were assessed against your organization in error, they can be challenged through the DOT’s DataQs system.