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TITLE 37PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS
PART 1TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
CHAPTER 16COMMERCIAL DRIVER LICENSE
SUBCHAPTER BAPPLICATION REQUIREMENTS AND EXAMINATIONS
RULE §16.50Pre-trip Inspection

All applicants for a Class A or B CDL will be required to complete a written pre-test inspection exam, and answer 80% of the questions correctly, prior to taking the skills test. If the driver is unable to pass this part of the knowledge test, he/she will not be allowed to continue and take the road test. Drivers must demonstrate to the examiner that he or she has the knowledge needed to determine that the vehicle the person is operating is safe to drive. The pre-trip inspection exam will include:

  (1) air compressor (belt);

  (2) air/electric connectors;

  (3) air/electric lines;

  (4) alternator belt;

  (5) ammeter/voltmeter;

  (6) axle oil seal;

  (7) battery/box;

  (8) brake chamber;

  (9) brake drum/linings;

  (10) brake hoses/lines;

  (11) catwalk;

  (12) clutch/gearshift;

  (13) coolant level;

  (14) door(s);

  (15) doors secure;

  (16) doors/tie/lifts;

  (17) drive shaft;

  (18) emergency exits;

  (19) exhaust system;

  (20) frame;

  (21) fuel tank/leaks;

  (22) header board;

  (23) heater/defroster;

  (24) hydraulic brake check;

  (25) kingpin/apron/gap;

  (26) landing gear;

  (27) leaks/hoses (engine);

  (28) lighting indicators;

  (29) lug nuts;

  (30) mirrors;

  (31) mounting bolts;

  (32) oil level;

  (33) oil pressure gauge;

  (34) parking brake;

  (35) passenger entry/lift;

  (36) platform (fifth wheel);

  (37) power steering fluid (belt);

  (38) release arm;

  (39) rims;

  (40) safety belt/emergency equipment;

  (41) safety latch/locking jaws;

  (42) seating;

  (43) shock absorbers;

  (44) slack adjustor;

  (45) sliding fifth wheel/locking pins;

  (46) splash guards;

  (47) spring/air/torque;

  (48) spring mount;

  (49) steering box/hoses;

  (50) steering linkage;

  (51) steering play;

  (52) stop arm (if equipped);

  (53) student lights;

  (54) tandem release (arm and locking pins);

  (55) temperature gauge;

  (56) tires;

  (57) water pump (belt);

  (58) windshield; and

  (59) wiper/washers.


Source Note: The provisions of this §16.50 adopted to be effective October 30, 2000, 25 TexReg 10748; amended to be effective December 13, 2009, 34 TexReg 8789

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