Qualifications Required To Pass Texas Commercial Truck Inspection

Hello truckers, greetings from Tax2290. We’re always glad and happy to have you as a part of our blog posts. Today’s topic is about the Texas Commercial Truck Inspection and its requirements. We know the purpose of a commercial truck but every state has its own requirements for annual safety inspections for vehicles. Here, the inspection includes a look at the vehicle’s important elements to run your truck smooth such as brake, horns and steering.

We shall see each of the following in depth for better understanding.


It is mandatory for all the trucks to have brakes, which acts on their wheels and the trucks which are manufactured before 1981 are exceptional working on three or more axles. However, in the case of Texas inspection, the trucker will not pass the inspection if the inspector finds less than 2 inch of pedal reserve in the case of convectional brakes and less than an inch of pedal reserve, applicable for power brakes.

Also, there should not be a leakage in hydraulic lines or cylinders or other parts of the service brake system. The brake pedal should be able to sustain a suitable height for one minute, on the application of moderate pressure given by the foot. Additional to this, the inspectors will also check on the operating levers, rods and brake’s hoses and other parts.

Truckers do note that the break warning signal should not come on during the test.


It is important and mandatory that a truck should be equipped with a horn which emits sound, covering at least 200 feet. The inspector will also look if the horn is secured fastened, if it is easily accessible by the driver while driving, if the wiring insulation is in good conditions and also will check, if the horn is emitting unusually loud or harsh noise. Usually, purpose of having a horn in your vehicle is to indicate your presence, not to interfere with the operations of any other truck circuit.


When your truck is inspected in Texas, there is a call for truck steering inspection. The sole purpose of the steering inspection is to make sure that there is no excess wear and mal-adjustments of the steering linkage or the gear. The inspector is also likely to determine this by using it himself, turning the steering control through a part of revolution without front wheel motion. This will make things clear.

Other parts:

Apart from horn, brakes and steering, there are other parts of the commercial truck, which comes under the inspection list. Lamp, exhaust emission system, mirrors, reflectors and seat belts. All these parts should be in proper working condition if you want to pass through the Texas Safety Inspection.

This is all about inspection of your vehicle, but there is one more thing which the inspector would like check from you. Schedule-1 copy of your vehicle.

If you posses a vehicle whose Gross Weight is more than 55,000, then you’re likely to fall in the category of heavy vehicles. Also, if you have put your vehicle on road in the month of November, then you need to file your form 2290 online by December 31st.

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