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  • § 398.1
  • § 398.2
  • § 398.3
    Qualifications of drivers or operators.
  • § 398.4
    Driving of motor vehicles.
  • § 398.5
    Parts and accessories necessary for safe operation.
  • § 398.6
    Hours of service of drivers; maximum driving time.
  • § 398.7
    Inspection and maintenance of motor vehicles.
  • § 398.8
    Administration inspection of motor vehicles in operation.

Part 398

§ 398.7: Inspection and maintenance of motor vehicles.

Every motor carrier shall systematically inspect and maintain or cause to be systematically maintained, all motor vehicles and their accessories subject to its control, to insure that such motor vehicles and accessories are in safe and proper operating condition.


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