The Department of Transportation requires a comprehensive inspection of every trailer at least every 12 months. For this inspection a certified mechanic inspects the trailer in accordance with the criteria, fills out an inspection report and, if the trailer passes, applies a new annual inspection decal. Below are some of the areas that will be inspected.
¢ Lights and Reflectors
¢ Electrical Connections
¢ Subframe and Sliders
¢ Tires and Rims
¢ Landing Gear
¢ King Pin
¢ Bodies (Rails, Panels, Doors and Roof)
¢ Pintle Hook (if applicable)
¢ Cargo Securement
The annual inspection is vital in establishing proper safety management controls in order to minimize accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Vehicle inspections help to catch potential problems before they occur. The ultimate goals are safer roadways for everyone.
Keep in mind that an annual inspection is the law. And at an average of $100 per infraction, it is worth the time and money to keep your DOT inspection current at a cost of $50 per year if done by MSE-Hickman Trailers & Equipment.