Rule 7.1.1 Safety Inspection Requirements

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The requirements for the safety inspection of buggies shall be as follows:

Each buggy must successfully complete a safety inspection each school semester, before it shall be permitted to participate in any freeroll practice, push practice, or Sweepstakes race during that semester at Carnegie Mellon University. The purpose of this safety inspection is to determine if the buggy being inspected complies with all of the Buggy Construction and Performance Requirements specified by these Rules, Regulations, and Procedures. Each buggy’s sponsoring organization has the burden of proof to demonstrate that that buggy meets or exceeds ALL of these requirements.

There shall be no limit to the number of times that a buggy may try to successfully complete a safety inspection.

Safety inspections shall be conducted by the Safety Chairman or anyone designated by the Sweepstakes Advisor.

Any buggy that is involved in any accident during a freeroll practice or push practice, may be required to again successfully complete a safety inspection, if the Sweepstakes Chairman or the Safety Chairman, so requests, before that buggy shall be permitted to participate in any future practice sessions at Carnegie Mellon University.

Any buggy that is modified in any way which might affect the safety of that buggy after it has successfully completed a safety inspection, must successfully complete an additional safety inspection before it shall be permitted to participate in any freeroll practice, push practice, or Sweepstakes race at Carnegie Mellon University. Any buggy found to be participating in any type of practice session or race competition after a safety related modification, and before this additional safety inspection, shall be penalized by being banned from any further participation in any type of practice sessions and by being disqualified from all race competition for that entire school year.

Modifications considered to affect the safety of a buggy include, but are not limited to changing any of the following:

  • Configuration of the braking system.
  • Driver’s personal protection equipment
  • Helmet
  • Safety harness attachment method or construction.
  • Driver’s protective cage.
  • Shell or windscreen.
  • Configuration of the steering system.
  • Diameter of any wheel or tire by more than 0.5 inches.
  • Position of any wheel relative to the frame or the other wheels.
  • Tire on any wheel from a solid tire to a pneumatic tire or vice versa.
  • Attachment method for any wheel.
  • Aerodynamic covering or shroud of any wheel.
  • Attachment method or transparency of any windscreen.
  • Any change that could affect the driver’s field of vision.

Any buggy that varies its configuration while it is on the buggy course, must be capable of successfully completing a safety inspection, in any of its different configurations. These variations can include, but are not limited to, changing the following:

  • Wheel position relative to the frame, the other wheels, or the center of mass of the buggy.
  • Number of wheels in contact with the ground.
  • Position of the driver relative to the frame of the buggy.
  • Position of any part of the pushbar relative to the frame of the buggy.