- Factory Scheduled Maintenance
- Computer Diagnostics
- Brake Repair
- Shocks & Struts
- Pump & Motor Repair
- Radiator Flush or Replacement
- Engine Overhaul or Replacement
- Electrical Battery-Alternator-Starter
- Hydraulic Hose Repair Done In-House
- Air Conditioning Repair & Replacement
- Transmission Overhaul or Replacement & Clutch Replacement
Road Side Services
- 24 Hour Road Side Assistance
- On-Site Hydraulic Hose Replacement
- Pick-Up & Delivery Services
DO I NEED A DOT INSPECTION ?
A & E Truck Center Inc. provides Department of Transportation Inspections for Commercial Vehicles.
The Department of Transportation requires all commercial vehicles to be inspected annually if they meet these requirements.
DOT Information For Commercial & Company Vehicles If your vehicle and trailer exceed 10,000 lbs, you will need DOT inspection performed on both. All trailers must be DOT inspected. If your trailer does not exceed 15,000 lbs, it only requires brakes system on single axle of twin axle trailers. If your trailer exceeds 15,000 lbs it will need brakes on both axles.
This is a basic explanation of DOT regulations. If more detailed information is needed, please contact DOT or give us a call if you want to set up a DOT inspection.
*DOT annual inspection stickers are separate from the actual DOT numbers found on the side of commercial vehicles.
*Phone number to DOT: 1 800 682 4682
*Link to DOT website - DOT Website
- Link to Federal DOT website for the long Federal over the road numbers. Federal DOT website
Gross Combination Weight (GCW) - Total weight of a fully equipped truck and trailer with cargo, driver, and passengers, fuel, coolant, equipment, etc.
Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) - Maximum allowable gross combination weight (GCW)
Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) - The weight of the trailer plus all the cargo in it. This is measured by putting a fully loaded trailer on a scale.
Gross Trailer Weight Rating (GTWR) - Maximum allowable weight of the trailer, plus its cargo.
Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) - The total weight of the tow vehicle, including driver, passengers, and any special equipment (options, accessories and upfitted equipment), cargo, fuel, collant, etc.
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) - The maximum allowable total wieght of the tow vehicle, including driver, passengers, any special equipment (options, accessories and upfitted equipment), cargo, fuel, collant, etc. Calculating your Tow Vehicle and Trailer WeightsWhen looking at tow vehicle and trailer combinations, it is important to stay within the maximum weight ratings for the tow vehicle and trailer. Many people find out after they have purchased the vehicle and trailer that they have exceeded these ratings. In order to avoid this situation, you need to research the weights from the vehicle and trailer brochures, and do some math.
You are operating a commercial motor vehicle if you transport passengers or property in a vehicle that:
Has an actual gross vehicle weight (GVW) or gross combination vehicle weight (GCW) of 10,001 pounds or more
• GVW means the weight of a vehicle and its load
• GCW means the weight of a combination vehicle and its load
Has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) or gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 10,001 pounds or more
• GVWR is the value specified by the manufacturer as a safe loaded weight of a single vehicle (the GVWR is located
on the manufacturer’s tag, usually found inside the driver’s side door)
• GCWR is the value specified by the manufacturer as the loaded weight of a combination of vehicles
• As used here, a combination vehicle means a truck pulling another vehicle or trailer
- Is designed or used to carry 16 or more passengers, including the driver
- Is transporting hazardous materials (in amounts that require placarding
- Are not for-hire
- Only transport company property
- Are the owner or only driver
may apply to the company, the vehicle and all drivers:
- Chauffeur Driver License
- Commercial Driver License (CDL)
- Driver Qualifications (i.e., medical cards, driver files,state driving record)
- Driver Drug and Alcohol Testing
- Hours of Service
- Log Books
- Hazardous Material Regulations (applies to gasoline,oxygen, acetylene, fertilizer or other hazardous materials,regardless of the amount you carry)
- Vehicle Equipment Compliance (required equipment,daily and annual inspection reports, cargo securement)
- Size and Weight (pertains to all vehicles)
- Fuel Tax and IRP Registration
- Minimum Amounts of Insurance
Do you use a small truck (box van, step van), a pickup towing a trailer or a small bus in your business?
Is your vehicle used to transport:
• A product
• Tools and/or supplies used in your trade
• Any amount of a hazardous material (gasoline, oxygen, acetylene, propane, paint, solvents, glues, fertilizer, etc.)
Do you personally own, lease or use your employee’s vehicles in your business?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, some or all of the federal and state safety regulations
may apply to your company, your vehicles and the people who drive them. State and local enforcement agencies understand and enforce these regulations. It is important that you understand them as well. Violations are subject to both
civil and criminal penalties.