DESTROY PREVIOUS EDITIONS
DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL
BIENNIAL INSPECTION OF TERMINALS (BIT) PROGRAM
General Information and Application Instructions
CHP 365G (Rev. 08-07) OPI 062
California Vehicle Code (VC) Section 34501.12 requires any person or organization directing the operation of certain trucks or trailers to participate in an
inspection program conducted by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). The law requires the CHP to inspect California truck terminals every two years.
This law is known as the Biennial Inspection of Terminals (or "BIT") program, and the inspections conducted by the CHP are commonly called "BIT
inspections." It is the legal responsibility of every motor carrier who is subject to the BIT program to submit an application and appropriate fee to the
CHP for inspection of each of the motor carrier's terminals.
Who is a "motor carrier" for purposes of the BIT Program?
A motor carrier subject to the BIT Program is the registered owner (with some exceptions) of any of the following vehicles, whether or not for hire:
Any motortruck with three or more axles (including the steering axle) with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds.
Trailers or semitrailers used in combination with the vehicles listed above.
Any truck, or combination of a truck and any other vehicle, transporting hazardous materials that require placards, a hazardous materials
transportation license, or hazardous waste transporter registration, including pickups used for this purpose.
Any motortruck with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds (excluding a pickup truck as defined in 471 VC), while towing any
trailer or semitrailer that results in a combination length over 40 feet (excluding trailer coaches, camp trailers, and utility trailers, as those terms are
defined in the Vehicle Code).
If the registered owner leases the vehicle to another person for a term greater than four mon