197. The circle check of a bus, minibus, tow truck or an emergency vehicle, except a fire department road vehicle, done by a driver or person designated by the operator is valid for 24 hours even if more than one driver is assigned to the vehicle during that period provided that each driver countersigns the report to attest that the driver took cognizance of it.
Despite the provisions of the first paragraph, where the circle check is done by a person designated by the operator for that purpose in respect of a bus or minibus operated by a public transit authority and assigned to urban transit, the circle check is valid for either of the following periods, whichever comes first:
(1) 48 hours provided that the vehicle remains stationary inside during that period;
(2) 24 hours from the time the vehicle is put into operation.
Except for tow trucks, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays are not counted in the 24-hour period that lapses from the time the circle check is done, provided that the vehicle remains stationary during those days. The same applies for the purpose of calculating the 48-hour period provided for in the second paragraph, provided that the vehicle remains stationary inside during those days.
O.C. 1483-98, s. 197; O.C. 623-99, s. 10; O.C. 370-2016, s. 951.