Rule 7.1.2 Safety Inspection Procedures

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Each safety inspection shall consist of two parts, the design inspection and the performance demonstration.

Design Inspection

The design inspection shall be a demonstration to the inspector that the buggy meets or exceeds all of the buggy construction requirements specified by these Rules, Regulations, and Procedures.

Each design inspection shall be conducted as follows:

  • A representative of the organization desiring to have a buggy design inspected shall contact the Safety Chairman and make an appointment for that inspection.
  • At the appointed time and place, the Safety Chairman shall perform a design inspection of the organization’s buggy. This design inspection shall be performed in accordance with the Design Inspection Checklist provided and kept by the Safety Chairman. A copy of the Design Inspection Checklist may be obtained from the Sweepstakes Advisor through the Safety Chairman.
  • Representatives of each buggy’s sponsoring organization shall demonstrate at that buggy’s design inspection, that the buggy complies with all of the construction criteria specified in the Buggy Construction and Performance Requirements section of these Rules, Regulations, and Procedures. This demonstration can be either theoretical or experimental, i.e. the design features of a buggy may be shown by engineering analysis, drawings, and calculations, or they may be shown by an actual demonstration of those features, such as actually showing the inspector the buggy and its hardware and how it operates. In either case the buggy under inspection must be presented to the inspector for actual viewing.
  • Successful completion of a prior design inspection by a buggy shall NOT be considered as a contributing factor in evaluating a buggy during a design inspection. Each buggy MUST comply with all of the CURRENT construction requirements in order to successfully complete a design inspection.
  • A driver that fits in each buggy being design inspected shall be present during the inspection in order to demonstrate the adequacy of the driver’s personal protection features of the buggy, and the fit of the driver inside the driver’s protective cage.
  • The inspector shall permanently record on the Design Inspection Checklist any and all information pertinent to the condition of the buggy being inspected. The inspector shall also record some identifiable feature or marking that is on, or is a part of, a permanent structure of that buggy. This feature or marking will be used during any subsequent safety inspections, spot safety checks, braking capability tests, or field of vision tests to uniquely identify that buggy. This information shall be kept on file by the Sweepstakes Advisor for future reference, as long as that particular buggy is active in Sweepstakes practice sessions or races. This information shall be used by present and/or future Safety Chairmen and design inspectors to evaluate changes made to a buggy after its initial design inspection.

Performance Demonstration

The performance demonstration shall be a demonstration to the inspector that the buggy can successfully complete the field of vision test, the braking capability test, and the drop brake test specified in the Buggy Construction and Performance Requirements section of these Rules, Regulations, and Procedures. It shall also be an on-going demonstration to the Safety Chairman, of the buggy’s actual performance during both freeroll and push practices.

The performance demonstration portion of the safety inspection shall consist of the following:

  • Successful completion of the braking capability test specified in the Buggy Construction and Performance Requirements section of these Rules, Regulations, and Procedures. The braking capability test shall be conducted at a time and placed arranged by appointment with the Safety Chairman or anyone designated by that Chairman.
  • Successful completion of the field of vision test specified in the Buggy Construction and Performance Requirements section of these Rules,Regulations, and Procedures. The field of vision test can usually be performed at the same time and place as the braking capability test.
  • Successful completion, when required, of the drop brake test specified in the Buggy Construction and Performance Requirements section of these Rules, Regulations, and Procedures. The drop brake test shall be conducted whenever required before freeroll practices, after races, or during spot safety checks. The Safety Chairman may require an additional design inspection and braking capability test if a buggy frequently fails the drop brake test on its first attempt of the day.
  • An on-going demonstration that the buggy’s steering and control systems can be operated in a stable manner. The stability and performance of a buggy’s steering and control systems and of that buggy’s driver shall be observed by the Safety Chairman, and/or anyone designated by that Chairman, whenever that buggy is participating in any type of practice session at Carnegie Mellon University. If the Safety Chairman determines that a buggy and/or its driver is not stable, that buggy and/or driver shall not be permitted to participate in any subsequent freeroll practices or push practices until the cause of that instability has been eliminated. The Safety Chairman may require an additional design inspection or may ban a buggy from any future practices or races if that buggy consistently exhibits erratic control or performance at any practice session.
  • An on-going demonstration of the buggy’s static and dynamic lateral stability during freeroll and push practices (i.e. the buggy must demonstrate by its performance during practices that it is laterally stable while it is both at rest and in motion, and that it can be used during practice sessions without tipping over, rolling over, or having one or more wheels lift off the ground while it is cornering). The static and dynamic lateral stability of a buggy shall be observed by the Safety Chairman, and/or anyone designated by that Chairman, whenever that buggy is participating in any type of practice session at Carnegie Mellon University. If the Safety Chairman determines that the static or dynamic lateral stability of a buggy is not adequate (due to tipping over, rolling over, or having one or more wheels lift off the ground when cornering), that buggy shall not be permitted to participate in any subsequent freeroll practices or push practices until the cause of that instability has been eliminated. The Safety Chairman may require an additional design inspection, or may ban a buggy from any future practices or races if that buggy continues to exhibit erratic static or dynamic lateral stability at any practice session.