The safety test shall include the testing and inspection of
brakes, lights, horns, reflectors, rear vision mirrors, mufflers,
safety chains, windshields and windshield wipers, warning flags and
flares, frame, axle, cab and body, or cab or body, wheels, steering
apparatus, and other safety devices and appliances required by this Code
and such other safety tests as the Department may by rule or regulation
require, for second division vehicles, school buses, medical transport
vehicles, tow trucks, first division vehicles including taxis which are used for a purpose that requires a school bus driver permit, motor vehicles used for driver education training, vehicles designed to carry 15 or fewer passengers
operated by a contract carrier transporting employees in the course of their
on a highway of this State, trailers, and
semitrailers subject to inspection.
For tow trucks, the safety test and inspection shall also include
the inspection of winch mountings, body panels, body
mounts, wheel lift swivel points,
and sling straps, and other tests and inspections the Department by
rule requires for tow trucks.
For driver education vehicles used by public high schools, the vehicle must also be equipped with dual control brakes, a mirror on each side of the vehicle so located as to reflect to the driver a view of the highway for a distance of at least 200 feet to the rear, and a sign visible from the front and the rear identifying the vehicle as a driver education car.
For trucks, truck tractors, trailers, semi-trailers, buses, and first division vehicles including taxis which are used for a purpose that requires a school bus driver permit, the
safety test shall be conducted in accordance with the Minimum Periodic
Inspection Standards promulgated by the Federal Highway Administration of
the U.S. Department of Transportation and contained in Appendix G to
Subchapter B of Chapter III of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
Those standards, as now in effect, are made a part of this Code, in the
same manner as though they were set out in full in this Code.
The passing of the safety test shall not be a bar at any time to
prosecution for operating a second division vehicle, medical
vehicle, motor vehicle used for driver education training, or vehicle designed to carry 15 or fewer passengers operated by a
contract carrier as provided in this Section that is unsafe, as determined by
the standards prescribed in this Code.
(Source: P.A. 97-224, eff. 7-28-11; 97-412, eff. 1-1-12; 97-813, eff. 7-13-12; 97-1025, eff. 1-1-13.)