11.19.04.03

.03 School Vehicle Inspection Procedures.

A. Type A Inspections. During each 12-month period, the owner of a school vehicle shall submit to the Administration a certification that a Type A inspection was completed by the owner, or the owner's representative, within the previous 12 months.

B. Type B Inspections.

(1) In addition to the Type A inspection required under §A of this regulation, school vehicles shall receive a Type B inspection two times a year.

(2) The Board of Education shall perform the Type B inspection on school vehicles owned or contracted to them.

(3) Other school vehicles shall be inspected by the owner or the owner's representative.

(4) One Type B inspection shall be:

(a) Observed and recorded by an MVA compliance agent; and

(b) Witnessed by the:

(i) Supervisor of transportation, or the supervisor's authorized representative, for school vehicles publicly owned or under contract to a Board of Education, or

(ii) Owner, or the owner's authorized representative, for school buses owned by or under contract to a private or parochial school.

(5) Type B Inspection Scheduling.

(a) Type B inspections shall be scheduled at least 60 days apart.

(b) The Administration shall schedule:

(i) One of the Type B inspections for school vehicles publicly owned, or under contract to, a Board of Education; and

(ii) All Type B inspections for school vehicles operating for private or parochial schools.

(c) The other Type B inspection for school vehicles publicly owned and school vehicles under contract to the Board of Education shall be scheduled by the Board of Education's transportation supervisor.

(6) The Board of Education's transportation supervisor shall notify the Administration, in writing, of the date and location of the inspections of all school vehicles publicly owned or under contract with the Board of Education.

(7) For school vehicles used to transport students to a private or parochial school, the school's transportation supervisor or the owner of the school vehicles shall notify the Administration, in writing, of the inspection locations.

(8) Major Defects.

(a) If a major defect that cannot be immediately corrected is discovered during an inspection observed by an MVA compliance agent, the MVA compliance agent shall:

(i) Issue a school vehicle equipment repair order;

(ii) Suspend the school vehicle's registration; and

(iii) Confiscate the school vehicle's plates.

(b) If a major defect is discovered and corrected during an inspection, the MVA compliance agent shall record the defect and note that it was corrected during the inspection.

(c) Vehicle Removed From Service.

(i) If a major defect that cannot be immediately corrected is discovered during an inspection not observed by an MVA compliance agent, the Administration shall be notified immediately and the vehicle shall be removed from service.

(ii) The Administration may suspend the registration of a vehicle removed from service and confiscate the vehicle registration plates.

(iii) When all major defects are corrected, the school vehicle owner or the Board of Education may return the vehicle to service if the Administration has not suspended the vehicle's registration.

(iv) If the Administration has suspended the vehicle's registration, the school vehicle owner or the Board of Education shall arrange for an inspection by an MVA compliance agent.

(v) The Administration shall return the registration plates when the school vehicle successfully passes reinspection.

(9) Minor Defects.

(a) If a minor defect is discovered during an inspection observed by an MVA compliance agent, the MVA compliance agent shall issue a school vehicle equipment repair order.

(b) When all minor defects on publicly owned school vehicles are corrected, the local supervisor of transportation or the supervisor's authorized agent shall certify on the school vehicle equipment repair order that the minor defects are corrected, and shall return the school vehicle equipment repair order to the Administration within 30 days of the inspection.

(c) When all minor defects on non-publicly owned school vehicles are corrected, the owner of the vehicles or the owner's authorized agent shall certify on the school vehicle equipment repair order that the minor defects are corrected and return the school vehicle equipment repair order to the Administration within 30 days of the inspection.

(d) Failure to correct all minor defects and certify that they have been corrected, or to return the school vehicle equipment repair order to the Administration within 30 days, shall result in the suspension of the school vehicle's registration.

C. Head Start Vehicle Inspection. During each 12-month period, the owner of a head start vehicle shall submit to the Administration a certification that a head start vehicle inspection was completed by an inspection mechanic at an authorized Maryland State Inspection facility.