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No report? Was it a roadside inspection or was it something else?


Following what the driver assumed to be a roadside inspection, the officer didn’t provide an inspection report. What are the next steps?

Data Qs

You can file a DataQs request asking that you be provided a copy of the report. You will need to include the date, time, and location of the inspection when filing the request.

Before doing the DataQs, ask some questions

Before filing a DataQs asking for a copy of the report, you should verify with the driver that the contact was actually a roadside inspection, and not a screening or traffic stop.


A screening is where an officer only asks for one or two items (e.g., can I see your license or turn on your four ways and hold the brake pedal down). If everything the officer asks for checks out, the driver is immediately released, and a formal roadside inspection is not done.

Traffic stop

A traffic stop involves roadside enforcement and only becomes a roadside inspection if the officer checks all of the items necessary to meet the roadside inspection standards. If the officer does not do this, the contact is strictly roadside traffic enforcement (a traffic stop).

Common reasons for traffic stops include speeding, using a restricted lane, failure to obey a traffic control device, and being over a weight limit. Where there is confusion in this area is these violations are also common triggers for a roadside inspection. In a lot of cases, the officer decides that as long as the vehicle is stopped, a roadside inspection should be done. However, this is not always the case. Sometime the officer simply does a traffic stop and releases the driver once the traffic violation is addressed.

No inspection means no report

In these cases, there is no roadside inspection report generated as the standard 13-step driver-only inspection or 34- or 37-step driver and vehicle inspection was not conducted.

Key to remember: Determining specifically what the officer asked for and reviewed and comparing this to the roadside inspection procedures available through CVSA will quickly determine if the contact was a roadside inspection, screening, or traffic stop.