Drivers are not permitted to drive a truck or tow a trailer unless the driver or another person has conducted an inspection of the vehicle(s) within the previous 24 hours.
In addition to the initial inspection, whether conducted by the driver or not, the driver is required to monitor the condition of the vehicle(s) for defects while en route.
Ontario licensed drivers who drive out-of-province plated trucks, within Ontario only, please see "Out-of-Province Plated Canadian Trucks" for details regarding jurisdictional inspection requirements.
Other persons, such as another driver or maintenance or yard staff are also permitted to conduct inspections and complete and sign reports.
A person other than the driver who conducts an inspection and signs the report is responsible under law for the inspection and the information contained in the inspection report. The driver may rely on such inspection and produce the report to an officer, unless the driver has reason to believe the inspection and report do not meet the requirements, or the driver is aware or ought to be aware that the vehicle has a defect.
Only the driver is referenced as the inspection person throughout the remainder of this document.
Drivers may choose an inspection procedure (circle procedure) that best suits the vehicle and its location. However, whichever procedure is used, each regulated inspection item must be inspected and where a defect is discovered the defect must be recorded on the report and reported to the operator.