What Is the Difference Between DOT Inspection and BIT Inspection?
Federal DOT inspections and California BIT inspections, often referred to as 90-day inspections, share similarities as safety checks, though there are some nuances.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires a DOT inspection for all commercial motor vehicles and trailers traveling outside of CA. The DOT inspections can be done at any time, but at least every 12 months. As a customer of Precision Diesel, our truck inspection team will ensure DOT inspections are performed correctly, in accordance to FMCSA standards and requirements, and as a productive part of your on-going preventative maintenance program.
The California Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1988, commonly referred to as the Biennial Inspection of Terminals (BIT) Program, was enacted by the California Legislature in an effort to alleviate the growing number of truck related collisions on California’s highways. Terminal inspections have been conducted by the CHP since 1965 as a tool to determine if motor carriers are complying with Motor Carrier Safety regulations on an on-going basis, particularly with regard to the legal requirement to maintain commercial motor vehicles according to a scheduled maintenance (preventive maintenance) program.
Periodic BIT inspections are state-regulated (by California) and mandatory for carriers every 90 days for commercial vehicles above 10,000 pounds GVWR. The actual inspection is the same as the DOT inspection. Certain vehicles will require more frequent checkups; passenger buses, for example, need to pass an inspection every 45 days. Inspections must be documented and inspection reports must be retained for at least two years.
What Is the Difference Between Inspection Level 1 and 2?
The extensive Level 1 DOT inspection, the most common DOT inspection, covers a thorough examination of both the driver and the vehicle. This includes examining the vehicle, driver's license, medical records, logs, HOS records, and inspection reports. It takes approximately 45 to 60 minutes. Level 2 DOT inspections focus on elements that can be verified without going beneath the vehicle, completing the inspection in around 30 minutes.
Qualified Annual DOT Inspection and BIT Inspection Program In Newport Beach
If you require a qualified annual DOT inspection or if you would like for us to maintain your periodic BIT inspections, Precision Diesel is here for you. Our fully-mobile services bring the inspection to your location. Drive your fleet from state to state without the inconvenience of taking your truck to a shop. Trust us for a thorough and reliable inspection, ensuring your vehicles meet all necessary safety standards.
Serving Los Angeles, Orange County, and Riverside County
Precision Diesel proudly extends its mobile fleet maintenance and repair services across Los Angeles, Orange County, and Riverside County. Our dedicated team serves various cities, including Santa Ana, Long Beach, Irvine, Anaheim, Torrance, Downey, Santa Monica, El Monte, Pasadena, West Covina, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Fallbrook, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Laguna Niguel, San Clemente, Pomona, Corona, Yorba Linda, Highland, and more.
Committed to providing reliable and efficient services, we prioritize your fleet's performance and convenience. Even if your city is not listed, feel free to contact us on our phone line 714-TRUCKS1, as we continually expand our service areas to better serve our valued clients.
Ready for a seamless safety inspection experience? Do you have a large fleet that requires a customer fleet program? Contact Precision Diesel today. Ensure your fleet operates at the highest standards without compromise. Call 714-TRUCKS1 to schedule your mobile inspection and keep your fleets on the road and out of the shop. Drive with confidence, drive with Precision Diesel.