There are strict federal regulations in place governing the maintenance of commercial trucks. If these regulations are not diligently adhered to, the consequences can be quite severe.

Read on to learn how often federal regulations require commercial trucks to be inspected, repaired, and maintained.

Code Of Federal Regulations Section 396


According to the Code of Federal Regulations (eCFR) §396.3, “Every motor carrier and intermodal equipment provider must systematically inspect, repair, and maintain, or cause to be systematically inspected, repaired, and maintained, all motor vehicles and intermodal equipment subject to its control.”

The law also requires that all parts and accessories are in safe and proper working order at all times (CFR §396.3(a)(1)). In addition, the following features must be inspected at least every 90 days (CFR §396.3(a)(2)):

  • Pushout windows
  • Emergency doors
  • Emergency door marking lights in buses

Required Records

For 30 consecutive days, motor carriers must maintain the records for all vehicles they operate (CFR §396.3(b)). The records must include:

  • The vehicle’s identification, including company number. If marked, also:
    • Make,
    • Serial number,
    • Year, and
    • Tire size;
  • Records with the nature and due date of the required inspections and maintenance to be conducted;
  • Records of the inspections, repairs, and maintenance including their date and nature; and
  • Records of the tests performed on:
    • Pushout windows
    • Emergency doors
    • Emergency marking lights on buses

Record Retention

These records must live with the vehicle for at least one year and for six months after the vehicle is no longer in the motor carrier’s control.

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