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Safety Inspections Are Conducted By NYSDOT & The New York State Police At Roadside Sites

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) lead agency. The New York State Police is the primary participating police agency. A number of local police agencies also participate on a periodic basis.

When a vehicle has been selected for a safety inspection, the driver must help by staying behind the wheel and following the inspector's instructions. Inspectors will follow an inspection procedure established by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) to inspect the driver and vehicle. These procedures are used throughout North America. Please follow the instructions of the inspector so that no unnecessary delays will be experienced. After the inspection, the inspector will explain the defects, if any, and provide the driver with a copy of the safety inspection report.

What Happens If Defects Are Found?

If defects are discovered, one or more of the following things will happen:

  • If serious defects are discovered, the vehicle will be placed out-of-service and the repairs must be made before the vehicle can be driven again. If a vehicle that has been placed out-of-service is operated before the necessary repairs have been made, a penalty of $1,000 - $5,000 may be assessed.
  • All non out-of-service violations must be repaired prior to the vehicle being re-dispatched. A 15-day time limit will be given to return the Driver-Vehicle Examination Report certifying the repairs have been made. The report should be signed by the repairer and the motor carrier and mailed to:

New York State Department of Transportation
OSSS, Truck Inspections
50 Wolf Road, POD 53
Albany, NY 12232
(Important: DO NOT send traffic tickets to this address!)

  • A driver in violation of some requirements regarding hours of service (such as not having a log book when required, or exceeding the driving time limitations) may be placed out-of-service and assessed a penalty.
  • Additional penalties of up to $500 may be assessed for each hazardous materials violation.
  • A Uniform Traffic Citation may be issued for some violations.



What the Inspectors Will Look For?

  • Driver
    • Commercial Driver License (Proper Class and Endorsements)
    • Medical Certificate, if required
    • Record of Duty Status (Log Book)
    • Seat Belt Use
    • Alcohol or Drug Use and/or Possession
    • Shipping Papers for Hazardous Materials Transportation
    • Unauthorized Passengers
  • Vehicle
    • Hazardous Materials Transportation
      • Placards
      • Markings
      • Labels
      • Spills
      • Leaks
      • Unsecured Cargo
    • Fuel System
      • Leaks
      • Securely-Mounted Tanks
      • Filler Caps
    • Brakes
      • Service and Parking Brakes
      • Drums and Rotors
      • Hoses and Tubing
      • Low Air Warning Device
      • Tractor Protection Valve
    • Coupling Devices
      • Fifth Wheels
      • Pintle Hooks
      • Tow Bars
      • Safety Devices
    • Lighting Devices
      • Stop Lights
      • Turn Signals
      • Headlights
      • Clearance Lights
      • Marker Lights
    • Steering Mechanism
    • Suspension
    • Frame Members and Body Components
    • Tires and Wheels
    • Windshield and Wipers
    • Load Securement
    • Rearview Mirrors
    • Horn
    • Exhaust System
    • Emergency Equipment
      • Fire Extinguishers
      • Emergency warning devices
      • Spare fuses

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