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Heavy Vehicle Daily Checklist


  • Brake failure indicators are operational

  • Pressure/ Vacuum gauges are operational

  • Air tank drain valves are operational


  • Fifth wheel/ballrace and associated mountings are secure

  • Towbar, drawbar and couplings are securely mounted

  • Trailer coupling is secure (if applicable)

  • Ensure kingpin is correctly engaged in fifth wheel jaws

  • Ensure all air-lines, electrical connectors and any ABS/ EBS connectors are correctly attached to trailer (if applicable)

Wheels, Tyres and Hubs

  • Wheels are secure

  • Condition and depth of the tyre tread

  • Tyres are correctly inflated

Structure and Body Condition

  • Horn is operational

  • Panels and readily visible structures are secure

Lights, and Reflectors

  • Lights, including the clearance lights are operational

  • Reflectors and lenses are present and in good condition (not faded, broken or damaged)


  • Mirrors are present, in good condition, secure and appropriately adjusted

Windscreens and Windows

  • Windows are operational e.g. free of obstructions (cracks, discoloration etc)

  • Wipers and windscreen washers are functioning to ensure a clear forward vision

Engine, Driveline and Exhaust

  • Fluid leaking (oil, fuel, water, refrigerant/coolant, hydraulic fluid, brake fluid or other) from the vehicle (excluding condensation from air conditioning or the refrigeration system)

  • After starting the vehicle ensure no engine or drivetrain warning lights remain illuminated on the instrument panel

Vehicle Dimension Limits

  • Vehicle dimension limits do not exceed standards relevant for truck/ trailer combination (see next page)

  • Vehicle dimensions clearly understood by driver before departing.

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