Must a driver do a pre-trip safety inspection? Must a driver do a pre-trip safety inspection?

  • A. Yes. It's a legal requirement

  • B. Yes. It's for safety reasons

  • C. No. Only if the load has been changed

    The correct answer is B
    Correct. It's not a legal requirement, though you may have to complete some items that are a legal requirement during a pre-trip check, such as affixing dangerous goods signs.

Truck pre-drive inspection checklist

The following list is a checklist for a pre-journey inspection for a truck. 

Truck and trailer

Starting at the front and working your way to the rear:

If you are towing a trailer, you'll also check the following:

Tractor and trailer

All the above (except drawbeam and drawbar), plus on the trailer and mounts:

Doing this 10-minute walk-around will save you time and money later as it allows you to identify issues with the truck before they become major problems that will take the truck off the road. If your truck is inspected by the police or NZTA on the roadside or at a weighbridge and they find defects then they could order it off the road which could be a problem for the client whose cargo you are transporting.

A defect is categorised as dangerous, serious or moderate, depending on its safety risk. Vehicles may be given a pink sticker if they are unsafe for the road. There is a full list of these codes here.

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