Transportation Inspectors are responsible for inspecting and monitoring transportation equipment and vehicles to make sure that they comply with existing standards and regulations for vehicle safety. In inspecting vehicles, they look for signs of mechanical malfunctions, damage or abuse. They look for broken parts that need to be replaced. They examine each unit and conduct testing with the use of proper diagnostic tools and equipment. After undergoing repairs, they inspect vehicles and equipment to make sure that all repair works required were carried out properly.
Transportation inspectors are in tasked with preparing reports on inspection done and the consequential actions taken as a result of inspection or investigation. They issue notices and make recommendations for corrective actions depending on the results. They actively investigate complaints and reports regarding any violation involving safety standards and regulations. They examine vehicle operating rules, qualification guidelines for operators, and training and testing programs for carriers to make sure they are complying with safety standards and regulations. When carriers request for waiver of federal standards, transportation inspectors investigate and formulate recommendations. They review shipping papers, logs of commercial vehicles, records of drivers and equipment in order to identify any problems or issues, and to make sure that they comply with regulatory requirements. When the need arises, they investigate violations or incidents where there were accidents, delays or failure of equipment or systems. They are responsible for negotiating with authorities to identify and eliminate existing hazards in routes normally taken by vehicles of the carrier. They are also involved in evaluating new packaging methods for hazardous materials, including testing, shipping transporting to make sure that the public is adequately protected.