Welcome to educational resources by the Oklahoma Propane Education and Safety Council and PERC. We hope you will be able to utilize valuable safety and training information for all employees in your organization. While the information is helpful, it does not replace any local, state or federal codes, rules or regulations. The Oklahoma Propane Education and Safety Council assumes no responsibility or liability for reliance on these contents.

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Do Your Drivers Understand Gauges?

Can your bobtail drivers read the gauges that tell them the level of liquid in a container as they fill it? They can if they have the right training.

Leak Checks: Using a High Pressure Gauge

Leak checks determine if the propane piping system is suitable for service and must be performed on the vapor distribution piping system immediately after turning on the gas in a new gas system or a system that has been restored after an interruption of service.

DOT Commercial Motor Vehicle Inspection Requirements

In the past, the Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration accepted Oklahoma’s mandatory annual state vehicle inspection in lieu of a federal inspection. Since Oklahoma no longer requires a vehicle inspection, this obviously is no longer the case. The DOT has determined that it is the motor carrier who is responsible for ensuring that each vehicle has been inspected annually.

Today, a motor carrier has two options to meet DOT inspection requirements. First, the motor carrier may perform his or her own inspection. However, if a motor carrier self inspects, the motor carrier must have a qualified person in-house who is certified as per 49 CFR 396.19. Second, a motor carrier may choose to have a commercial garage, fleet leasing company, truck stop, or other similar commercial business perform the inspection as its agent, provided that business operates and maintains facilities appropriate for commercial vehicle inspections and it employs qualified inspectors, as required by 49 CFR 396.19.

Either way, the original or a copy of the inspection report must be retained by the motor carrier or other entity who is responsible for the inspection for a period of 14 months from the date of the inspection. The original or a copy of the inspection report must be retained where the vehicle is either housed or maintained. Finally, the original or a copy of the inspection report must be available for inspection upon demand by an authorized federal, state, or local official. In other words, a copy must also be retained in the vehicle. DOT does not require a specific inspection report form, but they do require that the inspector include particular information in the report, as required by 49 CFR 396.21.

Vehicle inspection forms are available from this agency without cost. To receive a form, contact this office by telephone, fax, or through e-mail. A copy of the vehicle inspection regulations will be included or you may receive them by logging onto the DOT website at www.fmcsa.dot.gov.

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