Pre trip inspections and the law
Good morning and thank you in advance for any and all information you may share. I'm trying to get some information regarding the pre trip inspection performed at the start of each day.
How much time, on average, does it take most engineers to complete the pre trip inspection?
Can a Fire Chief or Batallion Chief legally order the engineer to drive the engine to a planned event or does he have to wait until the engineer says the inspection is complete?
My agency has started ordering crews to "get on the road" within 40 minutes of the start of the day to which my engineer states that he hasn't completed the legally required inspection. Decision time - willfully disregard state law, falsify the legal record or refuse the order and suffer the consequences. What would you do?