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What is Schedule 1 for?

I got a ticket the other day for not producing “Schedule 1.” The officer said something about a checklist for checking out the truck. I thought that’s what the Pre trip form is for! He asked if I had been trained for pre trip at work. I said I knew all that from when I got my class 1. I had to do that on my road test. The officer asked if my company had trained me. I said I did well on my evaluation drive and the trainer said “good enough.”  The officer said “Probably not.” The company should have trained you to do the full trip inspection including a lesson on form filling and use of Schedule One. They probably should have reviewed with you how to measure pushrod travel at your brake chambers. Some companies require their drivers to use schedule one to identify and “code” the defects they report. The code comes from Schedule One (NSC 13, Part 2). When you have a light burnt out and I pull you over I expect to see a comment on the Daily Vehicle Inspection Report about the burnt out bulb, and maybe a code 18.1. If you don’t consult Schedule one when you have a problem, how do you know if you can continue with the trip? If the front right signal isn’t flashing, is it okay to proceed? Even if you do carry on with the trip, the company is required to fix it before the next inspection. Did you know that?

I asked the officer to tell me where I was supposed to find this Schedule 1. He asked me for my Vehicle Inspection Report book, and opened it up to the back cover and showed me the list of 23 items on a chart.  So I checked out the broken signal light bulb scenario and found out that if the front bulb is out that is a minor defect. But if a rear signal light is burnt out, I can’t go anywhere until its fixed.

The officer added that if that happened, and I fixed the bulb, I should note the fact that I fixed it down in the remarks section of the pre trip report, and attach the receipt. The maintenance guy would appreciate that for his records the next time the Auditor blows through his office.

That was an expensive lesson. I think the ticket cost me 260 bucks. I could have taken the whole course for $100. So I asked him if he had any other tips for my expensive lesson. He said “Sure. If a tire has less than 50% pressure you can park the truck till you get it fixed. If more than 20% of your brakes have problems you can park it. If you have no taillights, you can park it. If you have a cracked mainspring, you can park it. If you have a dripping fuel tank you can park it. If your low air warning doesn’t work, you can park it. If you have a pushrod that exceeds the travel limit, you can park it.”

“Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, enough already, I can’t remember all that?!’’ I said.

“That’s why you have to have Schedule One IN THE TRUCK!” Responded the officer.

11 Responses to What is Schedule 1 for?

  1. Hi Capilano instructor,
    I was thinking to get a class 1 driver license, so The government is asking me to feel out a form which is call Gathering Information Form.
    If I came to your company, could you feel-out that form for me or I’ll need to book an appointment
    Thank you

  2. Hey Dale.
    I took my air brakes there. It would have been helpful if you would have mentioned that trucks over 11,000 GVW need a safety ticket, which is a manual for safe work procedures among other things. Also in the course we discussed the possibility of our gauges reading something other than PSI. I have a Hino truck where the pressure gauges read kg/cm2 wth??? Divide by 14.2 to get PSI, just thought I’d let you know for further courses 🙂

    • the talk of trucking over 11.000 kg is a whole other day, come on back. that is the first time i hear of the kg/cm3. inetesting calculation tho, KPA to PSI is about 6.9/0ne. good info

    • I will have to apologize for the lack. That information is more relevant in 2 other courses we offer every 2nd week. The safety ticket you are referring to is more than just a “ticket”. It is The Document that allows the carrier to operate. The discussion that surrounds “mentioning” it in the air Brake class is too lengthy for Air Brake Class. We can mention it , but it will probably be too distracting to effectively discuss while learning the Air Brake information.
      It is important though. Unfortunately, not every air brake vehicle requires the Safety Fitness Certificate. Only those commercial vehicles over 4500 kg, that are registered to a carrier with commercial vehicles registered over 11,794 kg. in alberta. Or those commercial vehicles over 4500 kg that are based here and travel outside our boundaries. And busses or coaches with more than 10 seats.
      The Manual you refer to is not just a “Safe Work Procedures” manual, but that is not far from the truth. I would refer to it as a “Processes of Safe and Compliant Transportation” Manual. A fair comparison, just to illustrate, is WHMIS training is about a static work situation , and TDG is the training to the work situation that is dynamic. When a construction company make a policy and procedures manual, most of the situations are tied to physical locations. when the Construction company buys a truck that qualifies for “commercial Transport”, the construction company should now add a transport compliance officer to their safety office and a Transport Compliance Manual addendum to their policies and procedures.
      We offer this kind of education to the “new to trucking” or new trucking companies in our Hours of Service Training, and in our Cargo Training day, which includes Weights and Dimensions, and discussion of Transport compliance process. These courses and dates are listed elsewhere in our website.
      Hopefully we will see you in class!
      Thanks for the conversion factor for KG/CM2 i haven’t seen one of those yet. i have seen KPA instead of PSI, which converts at a rate of 6.9 kpa/psi. i get to user that in my new Dodge.

    • Good afternoon PB, your best bet and answer would come from a Registry here in Alberta. I would contact a few different ones, and compare answers. It is not standard across the industry. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  3. hii want to get my class 3 lic. i have been driving heavy haul trucks & rock trucks for the pass 7 years at syncrude but i never drove a standard truck i live in fort mcmurray so i have to go to ed. to take the course and stay in a hotel would i be able to get it done in one week with the air brake test at the same time if i need more hours of driving in that week could i get and pay the extra money thanks

    • I almost hate to suggest it, but the short cut to class three when you are on a constrained time line is to acquire you Bus driving license , class 2, which would allow you to drive class three as well if you take air brakes. it tends to be less hours for success. to answer your question about getting extra hour in the same week is usually an administrative nightmare because we are often booked 2-3 weeks ahead. it is usually advised to book too many hours and then cancel what you don’t need.

  4. I’m looking into upgrading from my glass 3q to my class 1. Is there anything new or anything a lot different from class 3 to class 1 besides the coupling and of course the parking of a trailer. And roughly how much would it cost to upgrade.

    • I would think about $1500-$2000. If you can reverse a trailer proficiently, it should take about !0-16 hours. you would also need a medical, knowledge test for class one.

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