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School bus drivers nationwide are required by federal and state law to visually inspect school buses prior to the start of routes and other trips. The baseline rule is contained in 49 CFR 397.2 and supplemented with recommended industry standards laid out on pages 136-139 of the 2010 edition of the National School Transportation Specifications & Procedures manual, which is updated and published every five years following deliberations during the National Conference on School Transportation.

Title 49: Transportation

Subtitle B: Other Regulations Relating to Transportation (Continued)

CHAPTER III: FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

SUBCHAPTER B: FEDERAL MOTOR CARRIER SAFETY REGULATIONS

PART 392: DRIVING OF COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLES

Subpart A: General

392.7 - Equipment, inspection and use. (a) No commercial motor vehicle shall be driven unless the driver is satisfied that the following parts and accessories are in good working order, nor shall any driver fail to use or make use of such parts and accessories when and as needed:

  • Service brakes, including trailer brake connections
  • Parking (hand) brake
  • Steering mechanism
  • Lighting devices and reflectors
  • Tires
  • Horn
  • Windshield wiper or wipers
  • Rear-vision mirror or mirrors
  • Coupling devices

(b) Drivers preparing to transport intermodal equipment must make an inspection of the following components, and must be satisfied they are in good working order before the equipment is operated over the road. Drivers who operate the equipment over the road shall be deemed to have confirmed the following components were in good working order when the driver accepted the equipment:

  • Service brake components that are readily visible to a driver performing as thorough a visual inspection as possible without physically going under the vehicle, and trailer brake connections
  • Lighting devices, lamps, markers, and conspicuity marking material
  • Wheels, rims, lugs, tires
  • Air line connections, hoses, and couplers
  • King pin upper coupling device
  • Rails or support frames
  • Tie down bolsters
  • Locking pins, clevises, clamps, or hooks
  • Sliders or sliding frame lock

[33 FR 19732, Dec. 25, 1968, as amended at 60 FR 38746, July 28, 1995; 73 FR 76823, Dec. 17, 2008; 74 FR 68708, Dec. 29, 2009]

Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 14:37