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Title 13. Motor Vehicles. Division 2. Department Of The California Highway Patrol   

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(a) Preventive Maintenance. Motor carriers shall ensure that all vehicles subject to their control, and all required accessories on the vehicles, are regularly and systematically inspected, maintained, and lubricated to ensure they are in safe and proper operating condition. The carriers shall have a means of indicating the types of inspection, maintenance, and lubrication operations to be performed on each vehicle and the date or mileage when these operations are due. The inspection required by this subsection is more in depth than the daily inspection performed by the driver. Motor carriers shall ensure compliance with this subsection when a vehicle is assigned away from the carrier's regular maintenance facility for periods exceeding normal inspection, maintenance, and lubrication intervals.

(b) Periodic Preventive Maintenance Inspection. School bus, SPAB, and GPPV carriers shall ensure every bus is inspected every 3,000 miles or 45 calendar days, whichever occurs first; or more often if necessary to ensure safe operation. Buses out of service exceeding 45 calendar days need not be inspected at 45-day intervals, provided they are inspected prior to being placed back into service.

This periodic inspection shall at a minimum cover:

(1) Brake adjustment

(2) Brake system leaks

(3) Two-way check valve in dual air systems, alternately draining and recharging primary and secondary air reservoirs

(4) All tank mounting brackets

(5) All belts and hoses for wear

(6) Tires and wheels

(7) Steering and suspension

(c) Oil or Grease Accumulations. Excessive amounts of grease or oil on the vehicle shall be removed and their cause corrected.

(d) Cleanliness of Buses. Every bus shall be kept clean and free of litter.

(e) Inspector Qualifications. Motor carriers shall ensure that individuals performing inspections, maintenance, repairs or service to the brakes or brake systems of vehicles subject to this chapter are qualified in accordance with 49 CFR 396.25 (published October 1, 2006).

Authority cited:

Vehicle Code 2807.2

Vehicle Code 31401

Vehicle Code 34501

Vehicle Code 34501.5


Vehicle Code 2807.2

Vehicle Code 31401

Vehicle Code 34501

Vehicle Code 34501.5

(Added By Register 2008, No. 15.)