When should your NEMT vehicles get inspected?
08/20/21
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If you own a vehicle of any kind, you’re probably familiar with vehicle inspections. Keeping up with your own vehicle’s maintenance can be stressful, so when you’re an NEMT provider with a whole fleet of vehicles, there’s a lot to keep track of. Below we’ve outlined some of the best ways to stay on top of fleet maintenance, so you can keep your vehicles in the best shape possible. 

How often do you need a vehicle inspection?

Like most things in the NEMT world, vehicle inspection regulations vary from state to state. Requirements range from needing an annual inspection, like in New York, to having no inspection requirements at all, like in Montana. That being said, it’s important to check up on your state’s laws to make sure you’re getting inspected when you need to and can keep your vehicles on the road. It’s also worth looking into city and county requirements, as those sometimes differ from state ones. 

Why are vehicle inspections important?

Although inspections are different in every state, they’re important in maintaining a healthy fleet. The biggest reason for regular inspections is the safety of your passengers and drivers. Many times, a vehicle can have an issue that you wouldn’t otherwise know about. Inspections exist to check that all parts of the vehicle are functioning as they should be, so you can feel confident that when your drivers take off, they’ll get their passengers to their destination safely. Some of the things that are checked during an inspection include:

  • Windshield 
  • Lights
  • Brakes 
  • Alignment 
  • Seat belt functionality 
  • Fluids

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