Hi Can a public bus be considered road worthy if, when switched off, it has to be jump started due to battery problems? Thank you for you help
With reference to your enquiry regarding the roadworthiness of vehicles, I wish to advise as follows:
- Attached for your information please find Appendix B which forms part of the Code of Practice for the testing of heavy vehicles for roadworthiness.
- Although batteries do not form part of the inspection of a vehicle for roadworthiness it is a maintenance issue. Without knowing the exact circumstamces for your question as to whether a vehicle is roadworthy if the battery is faulty, I wish to advise that as we experience with our private motor vehicles that a battery can become faulty at any stage, especially in winter the same applies to a bus battery. Many of these vehicles are not kept under roof at night and this affects the life of a battery. If the battery becomes dysfunctional during the day whilst operating, well-equipped operators will send a maintenance team to replace the battery. In other instances it will be replaced when the vehicle returns to the depot for a roadworthy inspection. If this does not happen it is bad maintenance practice and unacceptable.
- Such bad maintenance practice can be reported to a Provincial Regulatory Entity which issues the operating licence to the operator and should be taken into account when the operator’s operating licence comes up for renewal.
I trust the above clarifies the matter.