11.14.04.08

.08 Bumpers and Rear Metal Frame.

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. Every truck with a GVWR over 10,000 pounds, except truck tractors and vehicles engaged in drive-away/tow-away operations, which is so constructed that the body or the chassis assembly, if without a body, has a clearance at the rear end of more than 30 inches from the ground when empty, shall be equipped with a permanent rear bumper or metal frame attached to the underside of the rear of the truck. The bumper or frame may not be any wider than the width of the truck, and may not be more than 30 inches above the highway when moving and shall be constructed of heavy gauge steel. The maximum transverse distance from the widest part of the vehicle at the rear to the bumper or metal frame may not exceed 18 inches. The frame shall be constructed so as not to interfere with lights or other warning devices. Any truck so constructed and maintained that the body, chassis, or other parts thereof afford the protection required by this section shall be deemed in compliance with this section. The provisions of this section do not apply to vehicles where the installation of the required bumper or metal frame would prevent operation of the vehicle to secure its designated purpose.
Procedures Reject Vehicle If:
(1) Bumpers: Applies to all bumpers of vehicles where equipped. Front bumper does not have to extend to extreme sides of vehicle except on school vehicles. Inspect bumpers for hazardous condition and unsafe mounting. (1)(a) Bumper is broken or missing.
 (b) Abnormal protrusions or conditions which could be hazardous.
 (c) Bumpers not securely mounted or capable of absorbing a reasonable degree of impact.
 (d) School vehicle bumpers do not extend to the extreme sides of the vehicle.
(2) Rear Metal Frame: Inspect frame for proper size, proper mounting, interference with lights or warning devices, and type of construction. (2)(a) Rear protector frame does not conform to requirements.
 (b) Is missing when required.