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11.14.02.00.htm 11.14.02.00. Title 11 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Subtitle 14 MOTOR VEHICLE ADMINISTRATION ― VEHICLE INSPECTIONS Chapter 02 Safety Standards for Passenger Cars, Taxicabs, Light Trucks, Vans, Multipurpose Passenger Vehicles, and Type II School Vehicles Authority: Transportation Article, §12-104(b) 23-101―23-105, and 24-106.1, Annotated Code of Maryland
11.14.02.01.htm 11.14.02.01. 01 Applicability.. A. The standards, requirements and procedures set forth in this chapter are applicable to equipment originally installed by the manufacturer or required by federal or State requirements on passenger cars, taxicabs, light trucks 10,000 pounds and under GVWR, vans, multipurpose passenger vehicles with a chassis capacity up to 10,000 pounds, and type II school vehicles. Any questions regarding passenger cars, taxicabs, light trucks, vans, multipurpo
11.14.02.02.htm 11.14.02.02. 02 Steering, Alignment, and Suspension.. A. Steering. Inspect the entire steering system including steering wheel, steering column, lash, linkage, free play, and power steering for missing, loose, damaged, or worn parts.1) Steering Wheel. The steering wheel shall be inspected to determine if it is circular (complete rim) and free of cracks, breaks, or objects which will interfere with the safe steering of the vehicle. The inspection will also be to determine that th
11.14.02.03.htm 11.14.02.03. 03 Brakes.. A. Service Brake Performance Tests.. 1) Road tests and visual procedures. Service brake tests shall be conducted on a substantially level, dry, hard, smooth surface road or area that is free from loose material, oil, or grease. Using the service brake only, the stopping ability of the vehicle shall be tested by one of the following methods:Procedures:. Reject Vehicle If:. Service Brake Test. (a) Method (1)On Road. At a speed of 20 mph apply service brakes firmly. Observe
11.14.02.04.htm 11.14.02.04. 04 Wheels and Tires.. A. Reference is made to the figures in additional wheel and tire information for visual aid in determining tire wear. This inspection is visual.Procedures:. Reject Vehicle If:. 1) Inspect for tire wear. (a) Tires without tread wear indicators. (b) Tires with tread wear indicators. (c) Inspect for cord exposure.1) (a) Tire is worn so that less than 2/32 inch tread remains when a measurement is made in any major groove at three locations spaced equally around
11.14.02.05.htm 11.14.02.05. 05 Fuel System.. A. The fuel system includes the fuel tank, fuel pump, and necessary piping to carry the fuel from the tank to the carburetor or to the injection system. The engine shall be running when inspecting this system for leaks.Procedures:. Reject Vehicle If:. 1) Visually examine the fuel tank, fuel tank support straps, filler tube (rubber, plastic, metal) tube clamps, fuel tank vent hoses or tubes, filler housing drain, overflow tubes, filler cap, fuel fil
11.14.02.06.htm 11.14.02.06. 06 Exhaust System.. A. The exhaust system includes the exhaust manifold and all piping leading from the flange of the exhaust manifold, to and including the muffler, resonator, and the tail piping.Procedures:. Reject Vehicle If:. 1) With engine running and the vehicle on a hoist or lift, visually inspect the exhaust pipes, mufflers, resonators and tail pipes for leaks, deterioration, proper mounting, damage, and general condition. Rusted or corroded areas shall be given parti
11.14.02.07.htm 11.14.02.07. 07 Bumpers.. A. Bumpers shall be inspected for broken or missing parts, abnormal protrusions, sharp edges, or conditions that could be hazardous to persons. The bumpers shall be securely mounted to the vehicle and be capable of absorbing a reasonable degree of impact. They shall be the original equipment or equivalent and extend the full width of the vehicle. Bumper extensions or modifications to compensate for suspension changes are not acceptable. Bumper he
11.14.02.08.htm 11.14.02.08. 08 Fenders and Flaps.. A. Fender inspection shall include condition, mounting, and coverage of wheels and tires. Rear fenders are defined as the rear quarter panel of vehicle from the rearmost door opening rearward and from the window or trunk, or both, opening downward to the extreme bottom edge.Procedures:. Reject Vehicle If:. 1) Fenders shall be securely attached to the vehicle and inspected for tears, sharp or jagged edges sufficient coverage of the wheel and tire both fro
11.14.02.09.htm 11.14.02.09. 09 Body and Sheet Metal ― Applicable to School Vehicles Only.. Body exterior components and sheet metal parts, if damaged or dislocated so that they project from the vehicle to present a safety hazard to occupants, pedestrians, or other vehicles, may be cause for rejection of the vehicle.Procedures:. Reject Vehicle If:. 1) Protruding Metal. Inspect for torn metal parts, moldings, rub rails, etc. which may protrude from vehicle.1) (a) Body components and sheet metal are subject
11.14.02.10.htm 11.14.02.10. 10 Lighting.. A. General Lamp and Reflector Inspection. This includes all original equipment, exterior lighting plus whatever lights are authorized.Procedures:. Reject Vehicle If:. 1) Visual Check of Lamp Function. Turn on the night driving lights and visually check the following: (Check (a) and (b) with ignition switch on, engine should not be running.a) Any required or permitted bulb or sealed beam unit fails to light.. a) Actuate turn signal level to right and left, an
11.14.02.11.htm 11.14.02.11. 11 Electrical System.. To save time, the inspector should develop his own plan or sequence for checking miscellaneous electrical items, many of which can be inspected while inspecting other items.Procedures:. Reject Vehicle If:. Inspect Electrical System.. 1) Horn shall be securely fastened, produce audible but not harsh or loud sound, and have a horn button readily accessible to the operator.1) Horn is: (a) Loose; (b) Fails to function; (c) Produces loud or harsh so
11.14.02.12.htm 11.14.02.12. 12 Interior and Emergency Equipment ― Applicable to Type II School Vehicles Only.. A. Seats, Stanchions, Rails.. Procedures:. Reject Vehicle If:. 1) Seats and Seat Belts. (a) Inspect seats for secure anchorage to floor. (b) Inspect seats for condition of frames, springs, and cover material. (c) Inspect driver's and occupant's seat belt webbing for fraying, splitting, tearing, malfunctioning buckles; loose, damaged, or missing anchorages or damaged or weakened floor p
11.14.02.13.htm 11.14.02.13. 13 Mirrors.. A. Outside Mirrors. All vehicles shall be equipped with an outside rearview mirror on the driver's side providing a view of the highway for a distance of at least 200 feet to the rear. Every school vehicle shall be equipped with at least one convex mirror not less than 7-1/2 inches in diameter which shall be firmly mounted on the left front corner forward of the seated driver so that he may observe a reflection of the road from the front bumper t
11.14.02.14.htm 11.14.02.14. 14 Vehicle Glazing.. A. Safety glazing material is marked with the manufacturer's distinctive designation or trademark, model number, and the letters "AS" followed by a number from 1 through 16B, which indicates where the glazing may be used on the vehicle. Safety glazing material also has the symbol “DOT” (Department of Transportation) and a manufacturer’s code mark that the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) assigns to the manufacturer. Any ques
11.14.02.15.htm 11.14.02.15. 15 Windshield Wipers and Washers.. The windshield wipers shall be inspected for operation, control, condition of blades and arms, or any missing part.Procedures:. Reject Vehicle If:. A. Windshield Wipers. (1) Inspect for satisfactory operation. (If vacuum operated, engine shall be idling and control full on. Windshield shall be free of insects, oil film, or other foreign matter, and should be continuously wet when tested. Wetting the windshield during school vehicle inspection m
11.14.02.16.htm 11.14.02.16. 16 Hood/Catches.. A. Inspection shall consist of operation and presence of catches and safety catches; insuring that the hood covers at least the top part of the engine compartment; and, if equipped with an air scoop or bubble, same does not extend higher than 1/3 the vertical height of the windshield.Procedures:. Reject Vehicle If:. 1) Open hood and inspect safety catch for proper operation. Close hood and inspect for proper full closure. Manually inspect latch or remote control f
11.14.02.17.htm 11.14.02.17. 17 Doors, Handles and Latches.. A. Inspection of doors, handles, latches, and hinges applies to all vehicles originally manufactured with doors and all other vehicles which are equipped with doors.Procedures:. Reject Vehicle If:. 1) Inspect all doors, latches, hinges, and handles for broken or missing parts, proper operation, and improper adjustment. Electric push button, or ring and cable means of opening the door are acceptable provided they are readily accessible.
11.14.02.18.htm 11.14.02.18. 18 Floor; Trunk Pans.. A. Floor and trunk pans shall be inspected for holes or rusted and weakened conditions.. Procedures:. Reject Vehicle If:. 1) Inspect floor pan in occupant compartment (cab) or in cargo areas open to the occupant compartment for rusted-out areas or holes which could permit entry of exhaust gases or which could not support occupants.1) Floor pan (or floor) is cracked, has holes, or is rusted through or weakened to cause a hazard to an occupant, affects the
11.14.02.19.htm 11.14.02.19. 19 Speedometer; Odometer.. A. Speedometer and odometer will be inspected to determine if they are connected and operable, the dial and calibrations are legible, and calibrated in miles or kilometers.Procedures:. Reject Vehicle If:. 1) Visually inspect speedometer and odometer for operation and legibility. Speedometer shall register speed and odometer shall register distance traveled. The speedometer may register speed in miles per hour or kilometers per hour, or both, and odome
11.14.02.20.htm 11.14.02.20. 20 Preventive Maintenance ― Applicable to School Vehicles Only.. A. Program. The vehicle owner shall establish a program recording inspections, repairs, and maintenance by vehicle number, and include at least annually a complete preventive maintenance inspection conducted jointly with M.V.A. to assure that each vehicle is in compliance with all sections of this manual pertaining to school vehicles. When the wheels have been removed for inspection or maintenance
11.14.02.21.htm 11.14.02.21. 21 Front Driver's Seat.. A. Inspect front driver's seat for proper operation of the adjusting mechanism and that seat is securely anchored to the floor, if the vehicle was originally manufactured with a front seat.Procedures:. Reject Vehicle If:. 1) Inspect for presence of front driver's seat and its condition.. 1) Front driver's seat is missing or unsafe.. 2) Inspect seat anchor bolts.. 2) All seat anchor bolts are not securely fastened to the floor or are missing..
11.14.02.22.htm 11.14.02.22. 22 Safety Belts.. A. Any motor vehicle manufactured or assembled after June 1, 1964, shall be equipped with two sets of seat belts on the front seat of the vehicle and any vehicle manufactured or assembled with a rear seat after June 1, 1969, shall be equipped with two sets of seat belts on the rear seat of the vehicle. This does not apply to any motorcycle, bus, truck, taxicab, or type II school vehicle.Procedures:. 1) Inspect for frayed, split, or torn webbing..
11.14.02.23.htm 11.14.02.23. 23 Motor Mounts.. A. Motor mounts include any mounting or securing device designed to hold the motor in a stable position, if originally manufactured with motor mounts.Procedures:. Reject Vehicle If:. 1) Visually inspect for missing or obviously broken motor mounts.. 1) One or more motor mounts are missing or obviously broken, and the vehicle was originally equipped with one or more motor mounts.
11.14.02.24.htm 11.14.02.24. 24 Gear Selection Indicator.. A. Inspect the gear selection indicator for vehicles with automatic transmission only.. Procedures:. Reject Vehicle If:. 1) With engine running test the park, neutral, forward, and reverse positions for accuracy.. 1) Gear selection indicator for automatic transmission is missing or does not accurately indicate the correct position or direction of travel.
11.14.02.25.htm 11.14.02.25. 25 Universal Joints/Constant Velocity Joints.. A. Universal joints are found in most rear wheel drive vehicles which utilize a drive shaft to propel the rear wheels. Constant velocity joints are generally found on front wheel drive vehicles.Procedures:. Reject Vehicle If:. 1) Visually inspect for attachment and worn, damaged, or loose universal joints and constant velocity joints.1) Joint is not securely attached to drive shaft, transmission, or rear differential..
11.14.02.26.htm 11.14.02.26. 26 Load Covers.. A. This regulation does not apply to a:. 1) Class K (farm area) vehicle as defined in Transportation Article, §13-935, Annotated Code of Maryland;2) Class E (truck) vehicle registered or capable of being registered under Transportation Article, §13-917, Annotated Code of Maryland, if the vehicle manufacturer's original design specifications for bed enclosures have not been altered to increase the vehicle's load carrying capacity;3) Construction vehicle w
11.14.02.9999.htm 11.14.02.9999. Administrative History Effective date: November, 1965. Chapter revised effective February 22, 1980 (7:4 Md. R. 348). Regulations .12B, F; .14A; .17B; and .20 amended effective January 23, 1981 (8:2 Md. R. 114) ―. Chapter revised effective October 31, 1988 (15:22 Md. R. 2557). Regulation .01C amended effective February 1, 2012 (39:1 Md. R. 18). Regulation .05 amended effective April 1, 1991 (18:6 Md. R. 686).
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