Maryland DOT Truck Inspection Checklist

Two truck drivers inspect a truck and trailer coupling for safety.

M&L: Your Local Maryland DOT Truck Inspection Center

Vehicles that weigh more than 10,001 lbs. are required to pass the Maryland Department of Transportation (DOT) truck inspection from a DOT-certified inspection service. The experienced technicians at M&L Truck Service can complete this annual requirement for your commercial vehicles to ensure all systems are in perfect working order to keep your employees and other drivers safe on the road.

Here’s a quick list of 11 must-know tips to review before scheduling your inspection.

We produced this Maryland DOT truck inspection checklist so you’ll know what to expect and what systems and components to monitor in your fleet trucks throughout the year. According to the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, if a commercial vehicle is placed out of service due to a failed inspection, the average cost is about $850. This does not include the amounts for fines and emergency repairs mandated by the inspection.

Our knowledgeable technicians will keep your commercial vehicle within compliance by following this DOT truck inspection checklist. We added an extra item to our DOT truck inspection list, and that is an oil change for our returning customers. We appreciate your business, and because you chose us, you will get an oil change discount* during your DOT inspection. Fill out the online form to request an inspection appointment at M&L Truck Service, and check out the DOT truck inspection checklist below for additional information.

A Maryland DOT employee performs a truck inspection using a clipboard.

Components Checked During the Inspection: A Checklist

Have our certified technicians complete the annual Maryland DOT truck inspection for your fleet. Our highly trained team is knowledgeable about a wide range of commercial vehicles and the DOT inspection requirements. The items on the annual DOT truck inspection checklist include the following:

  • Battery
  • Braking System
  • Exhaust System
  • Frame
  • Lighting
  • Steering Mechanisms
  • Suspension
  • Tires
  • Wheels & Rims
  • Windshield Wipers
  • DOT Trailer Inspections

We estimate each DOT inspection will take approximately an hour to complete. Ensuring all these systems are in tip-top condition will keep your commercial vehicle on the highway and serving your customers.

Schedule Your Inspection Service in Advance

The Maryland DOT truck inspection checklist is essential for safety because underlying conditions may not yet be causing you problems. Our inspection team can spot these potential issues during the inspection and set up a replacement plan for the part or system.

We recommend scheduling your DOT inspection well before the yearly deadline. That gives us a chance schedule a convenient service appointment and complete the work before the deadline. Contact M&L Truck Service to request a DOT inspection appointment ASAP so you can keep rolling.

Maryland DOT truck inspection checklist items include wheels, tires, and suspension components.

Commercial Truck Service, Inspection, Repairs, & Maintenance

Having your fleet serviced by our trusted certified technicians gives your company an advantage because we can use an expanded version of the Maryland DOT inspection checklist as a guide for regular maintenance at our shop. Our expert technicians can pay close attention to these components and systems, so we can find any potential hazards and repair them before the inspection.

Using this checklist, your team can monitor checklist items that may need a replacement during a service checkup. We want to make your inspection go smoothly, and anything we can repair prior to the inspection will help you pass with flying colors and avoid out-of-service downtime.

Remember to Prepare Trailers for Inspection

Another item on the DOT truck inspection checklist involves trailers. Our technicians have significant experience making repairs to semi-trailers. We can keep them in outstanding condition, so they also will receive a passing grade for DOT inspection.

Our trailer maintenance and repair services include:

  • Alignment
  • Brake work
  • Floor maintenance
  • Lift gate service
  • Tire care
  • Body repairs
  • Welding
  • And more!

We are proud to serve your business with “Reliability To Keep You Rolling!” You can count on us to do an exceptional job keeping your commercial fleet healthy and safe. Contact M&L Truck Service at 410-754-5531 to learn more about how to use the Maryland DOT truck inspection checklist to prepare your truck or fleet for inspection or to request a DOT inspection appointment.

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