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IRU Checklist against fire for buses and coaches

IRU Checklist against fire for buses and coaches

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The Checklist against fire for buses and coaches is a two sided A4 sheet of tips and guidelines for drivers and maintenance staff to detect bus/coach problems and defects likely to cause a fire.

The Checklist against fire for buses and coaches is a two sided A4 sheet of tips and guidelines for drivers and maintenance staff to detect bus/coach problems and defects likely to cause a fire.

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Published by: International Road Transport Union (IRU) on Feb 06, 2013
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 Avoid overloading because it increases all temperatures!
 
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Record in the daily operation report malfunction(s) withmileages and time.
 
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Check all warning lights.
 
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Check the proper functioning of the retarder (hydraulic orelectric).
 
 After completing a journey
 
The driver needs imperatively to:
 
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Inform the technician/next driver ofa malfunction.
 
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Hand over to the technician or fleetmanager the daily operation report(copy).
 
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On a daily basis, make a visual check of the enginecompartment and surrounding equipments of the vehicleand inform the technician of any problem.
 
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On a daily basis, ensure waste and litter is removed fromthe vehicle.
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Make sure all external heat sources, e.g. cooking and/orheating equipment is switched o.
 
When returning a bus/coach
 
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Park the vehicle with the mainbattery switched o (if applicable).This will disconnect the batteriesfrom the alternator, eliminatinga risk of fire due to an internalelectrical failure.
 
Before starting a journey
 
The driver imperatively checks:
 
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The tyres’ pressure (visual checkon a daily basis, test tyres on aweekly basis). In particular dualtyres should not be kissing eachother.
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No liquids are leaking underneath the vehicle (visualcheck). Ensure that no oil exits from the mu er andthat you see no excessive blue smoke (turbocharger oilconsumption).
 
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The proper functioning of the preheating systems (engineand interior).
 
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The exhaust system components are free from debris.
 
When operating a vehicle
 
The driver needs imperatively to:
 
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Check the coolant temperaturegauge.
 
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Check fire detection system signal(vehicles must be equipped).
 
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Check smoke or heat detectionsystems for interior compartment(vehicles must be equipped).
 
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Check regularly the tyres’ pressure monitoring system (ifvehicle equipped).
 
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 Avoid any overheating. Stop the vehicle if the engine,brakes or retarder become overheated/or when sensingunusual odors or smoke, or if noticing smoke visually.
 
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Park in a safe area.
Checklist Against Firefor Buses/Coaches
In order to prevent fire on vehicles, the IRU hasworked out a checklist of recommended periodicalinspections to be integrated in the maintenanceperformance activities of the transport operations. Vehicle maintenance on a regular basis can ensureearly identification of vehicle problems and defectslikely to cause a fire.
 
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The B+ (direct battery feed) cable of the alternator andthe B+ cable of the starter are properly connected.
 
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There are no loose wires and the cables avoid unwantedcontact with the ground.
 
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None of the liquids, fuel, power steering fluid, engine oiland hub/gear oil can come in contact with a hot surface.
 
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No oil is leaking from the waste gate pivot of theturbocharger.
 
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Sensors are not a source of leaking.
 
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The levels of coolant and oils are fine (check on a weeklybasis).
The technician in charge ofvehicle maintenance needs toimperatively check on a regularbasis that:
 
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 All driver’s defect reports arecorrectly actioned, remedialaction recorded and filed.
 
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The fire detection systems inthe engine compartment areconnected.
 
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The smoke detection systems inthe toilets and the driver sleepingcompartment are properlyconnected.
 Vehicle maintenance sta’s duties
The technician in charge ofvehicle maintenance needs toimperatively check on a regularbasis that:
 
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 All driver’s defect reports arecorrectly actioned, remedialaction recorded and filed.
 
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The fire detection systems inthe engine compartment areconnected.
 
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The smoke detection systems inthe toilets and the driver sleepingcompartment are properlyconnected.
Driver duties

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