169.782 DAILY COMMERCIAL VEHICLE INSPECTION; PENALTY.
Subdivision 1. Driver; daily inspection report.
(a) The driver of a commercial motor
vehicle shall report in writing at the completion of each day's work on each commercial motor
vehicle the driver has operated. A person who owns one or more commercial motor vehicles and
who employs drivers for those commercial motor vehicles must require each driver to report as
required in this section. The report must cover the following parts and accessories: service brakes,
including trailer and semitrailer brake connections; parking (hand) brake; steering mechanism;
lighting devices and reflectors; tires; horn; windshield wiper or wipers; rear vision mirror or
mirrors; coupling devices; wheels and rims; and emergency equipment.
(b) The report must identify the vehicle and list any defect or deficiency discovered by or
reported to the driver that would affect the safe operation of the vehicle or result in its mechanical
breakdown. If no defect or deficiency is discovered by or reported to the driver, the report must so
indicate. The driver must sign the report after completing it. In the case of a commercial motor
vehicle operated by two drivers, the signature of one of the drivers satisfies the requirements of
this subdivision if both drivers agree concerning the defects or deficiencies. If a driver operates
more than one commercial motor vehicle during a day's work, a report must be prepared for
each vehicle operated.
(c) Before operating or allowing the operation of a commercial motor vehicle on which a
report has been prepared under this subdivision, the owner of the vehicle or the owner's agent
must repair defects or deficiencies listed on the report that would be sufficient under inspection
procedures established by the State Patrol to require the vehicle to be declared out of service.
Before allowing the commercial motor vehicle to be operated again, the owner or the owner's
agent must certify, on the report listing the defect or deficiency, that the defect or deficiency has
been corrected or that correction is unnecessary. A motor carrier must keep the original vehicle
inspection report for at least three months after the date of inspection. The report must be available
for inspection by an authorized federal, state, or local official at any time during this period.
(d) A copy of the vehicle inspection report, including a certification of corrections resulting
from the report, must be carried in the commercial motor vehicle, or in the power unit of a
commercial motor vehicle combination, at all times when the vehicle or power unit is operated
until the next inspection report is completed under this subdivision. The copy must be made
available on demand to: (1) a peace officer; (2) a person authorized under section
; and (3)
a person described in section
Subd. 2. Driver; pretrip inspection.
(a) Before driving a commercial motor vehicle,
a driver must:
(1) review the most recent vehicle inspection report on the vehicle;
(2) determine that the vehicle is in safe operating condition; and
(3) sign the inspection report in the vehicle.
The driver shall sign the report only if all defects and deficiencies listed in the report have
been certified as having been corrected or as not requiring correction.
(b) If the commercial motor vehicle does not contain the previous day's inspection report, the
driver must make the inspection and complete the report required under subdivision 1.
Subd. 3. Operation prohibited.
It is a misdemeanor to drive or to cause another person to
drive a commercial motor vehicle that does not contain a copy of an inspection report complying
with this section.
Subd. 4. Exceptions.
(a) With the exception of subdivision 2, paragraph (a), clause (2), this
section does not apply to a commercial motor vehicle that is a farm truck that may be operated by
a person not holding a commercial driver's license.
(b) This section does not apply to a commercial motor vehicle held for resale by a motor
vehicle dealer licensed under section
History: 1990 c 563 s 2