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lating to accidents shall be observed. A copy of this paragraph shall be kept prominently posted on the bulletin board in the garage for the information of all motor vehicle operators. Operators shall be instructed in the proper observance of these requirements.

training and experienced in the conduct of investigations, as the investigating officer for the activity. Whenever necessary, in the dis cretion of the commanding officer, additional or assistant investigating officers may be appointed, each with same powers as the investigating officer, except that all assistant investigating officers shall be under the general supervision of the investigating officer. To ensure prompt investigation of every accident while witnesses are available and before damage has been repaired, the duties of an officer in his capacity as an investigating officer shall ordinarily have priority over any other assignments he may have.

2. Every operator of a government vehicle shall be furnished with Standard Form 91, Operator's Report of Motor Vehicle Accident (fig. 58-14), which shall be carried in the vehicle at all times. The operator shall be instructed in the proper use of the accident report form in order that, in case of an accident, he may be able to take action promptly. Upon the occurrence of an accident in which the vehicle driven by him is involved, he shall immediately obtain such of the required information as is available and enter it upon the form. Particular care will be taken to secure the information relating to the other vehicle, if any, involved in the accident, its owner, driver, license number, and damage sustained so far as may be determined by visual inspection, which should be as thorough as practicable. The names and addresses of witnesses to the accident should always be obtained before the driver leaves the scene of the accident. The nature of the damage to the government vehicle, the filling in of the sketch, and answers to other general questions may be postponed until the driver reports to his station, where he should have the assistance of his immediate superior. The position of the course followed by a pedestrian or object involved, just before and at the moment of the impact, objects in the vicinity, and other information that will aid a clear understanding of the occurrence should be shown on the form. Upon completion of the report, it shall be immediately delivered to the supply officer or officer in charge of motor transportation, who will enter thereon the time of delivery over his signature, in the space provided for the purpose. If the driver has an accident while proceeding from one station to another, and continues on his trip, he shall turn in the report form to the proper officer upon arrival at destination. If the driver of the vehicle is incapacitated by the accident and another member of the naval or military services or an employee of the United States Government is present and a witness to the casualty, the operator's report should be filled out and turned in by such other person. In addition to the foregoing, the requirements of local traffic regulations re

3. The investigating officer shall use the Report of Investigation Officer, Standard Form 93, in making his report. He shall be guided by the instructions contained in Appendix I of the Naval Supplement to the Manual for Courts-Martial. Commanding of ficers or convening authorities, in their endorsement on the report of an investigating officer or the reports or proceedings of factfinding bodies submitted in accordance with the above, shall include a statement showing whether or not disciplinary action is contemplated against the operator of the government vehicle, and in case where disciplinary action has been taken, the nature thereof. If the vehicle involved in the accident is brought before a board of survey, only copies of the papers required for a complete accident report shall be incorporated in the survey, all original papers being submitted in the accident report.

4. Marine Corps activities other than organized units of the fleet marine force will submit monthly reports summarizing the accident experiences of the activity concerned. These reports are to be submitted monthly on a Motor Vehicle Accident Summary, Form NAVEXOS-2449, as indicated on that form. Reports are required from all activities concerned regardless of whether or not any accidents have been incurred. Separate reports shall be submitted from each post and station operating motor vehicles irrespective of the fact that the interests of the activity concerned may be subsidiary to those of a Navy establishment. Reports from recruiting activities shall be consolidated by recruiting areas and submitted by the headquarters of each area. Reports from reserve activities will be consolidated by reserve districts and submitted by the headquarters of each reserve district. One additional copy of each report shall be forwarded to the Commandant of the Marine Corps (Code CSE).

5. Claims for damages arising out of an accident should be submitted by the claimants on Claim for Damage of Injury, Standard Form 95, to the commanding officer of the naval activity involved, if known, otherwise shall be submitted to the commanding officer of any naval activity, preferably the one within which or nearest to which the accident occurred, or to the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, Inquiries regarding such claims should be answered accordingly.

6. The original and one copy of the investigative report together with all three copies of used in connection with examination or repair. Artificial light will have an approved type of protector to prevent accidental breakage of the bulb in the presence of flammable vapors or other flammable materials.


any claims filed, shall be forwarded to the commandant of the naval district in which the accident occurs, attention District Legal Officer. The foregoing is applicable whether or not the commandant of the naval district is part of the normal administrative chain of command for the activity concerned. In cases where accidents occur in areas which are not within the geographical limits of any naval district, the commanding officer shall promptly forward such reports to the Judge Advocate General of the Navy. A copy of all investigative reports which involve death to Marine Corps military personnel shall be submitted to the Commandant of the Marine Corps (Code DN).


7. The situation arises occasionally after a collision between a Navy and Marine Corps vehicle and a private vehicle in which the owner or insurer of the latter admits liability and expresses the desire to have a private garage make all repairs to the Navy or Marine Corps vehicle which are necessary to place it in as good condition as before the accident. Repairs may be effected at the expense of the individual causing the damage, or his insurer, in private garages, when deemed to be in the public interest, subject to the condition that the repairs are completed to the entire satisfaction of the responsible officer concerned. Such procedure may be followed without awaiting the submission of the official report of the investigation. Such report should however, be made in accordance with Navy General Claims Regulations in the Navy Supplement to the Manual for CourtsMartial. On receipt of the report, accompanied by a statement as to the cost of repairs and showing all damages have been satisfactorily repaired, a proper release of claims will be executed by the Judge Advocate General. It will be forwarded promptly either to the District Legal Officer, or, on request, to the party paying for the repairs, or to his insurance carrier,


be desired. Private vehicles which have been damaged by government vehicles will not be repaired by Marine Corps activities except by authority of the Secretary of the Navy.

Smoking will not be permitted in shops, garages, or parking areas except in specially designated areas or rooms when such practice is safe. Smoking will not be permitted on or within 50 feet of a vehicle transporting flammable liquids, ammunition, or other materials of similar or greater fire hazard, or while the vehicle is in the presence of flammable vapors, such as at time of gasoline filling operations or during periods of examining or repairing the engine or fuel systems, or when the vehicle is inside a building. “NO SMOKING'' signs will be conspicuously posted where necessary. "SMOKING PERMITTED" signs should also be displayed in areas where smoking presents no hazard.

d. Vehicles being supplied with gasoline, or not in use and unattended, will have the motor stopped and the parking or emergency brake applied.

e. Storage of fuels, paints, lubricants, flammable cleaning solvents, rags stained with paint or oil, or other similar flammable materials used in shops or garages will be kept to a minimum and in covered metal containers and handled, used and disposed of in a manner that will reduce the danger of fire to a minimum,


f. Trucks loaded with combustible waste scheduled for local disposal will be unloaded before parking for the night.

g. Gasoline will not be used for cleaning purposes.

h. Every vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine will be equipped with a serviceable approved fire extinguisher of the dry chemical gas pressure, carbon dioxide or other type suitable for extinguishing flam. mable liquid fires. Extinguishers will be protected from damage, securely mounted in an excessible place and kept in good operating condition at all times.

3. The following safety precautions shall be


1. Local civil traffic regulations shall be complied with at all times unless a traffic officer or military police specifically directs otherwise.


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2. The following precautions shall be observed to prevent fires:

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a. No vehicle will be operated unless free of gasoline leaks.

a. Guards, flares, lights, posted to warn drivers of other vehicles when busses and military vehicles except passenger a vehicle is halted in a dangerous position. All vehicles with a rated capacity rated capacity of 1 ton or less will be equipped persons and cargo carrying vehicles with with guards, flares, or lights plus flags when operating over public highways beyond the limits of military reservations.

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c. Garages, shops, and passenger carrying vehicles will in all cases be well ventilated as a precaution against asphyxiation by exhaust gases of vehicle engines. Vehicle engines will not be operated in a garage or a shop longer than necessary to move the vehicle in or out unless adequate use of wide doors and windows or exhaust systems for the removal of engine gases is made.

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d. Precautions to be observed in the handling and transportation of ammunition and explosives will be as prescribed in the Interstate Commerce Commission Regulations for Transportation of Explosives and other Dangerous Explosives by Motor, Rail and Water published by the American Trucking Association, Inc., Tariff Bureau, MF-ICC No. 16. Copies of these regulations may be obtained from the Commandant of the Marine Corps (Code CSJ) upon request.

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e. Particular care will be exercised in parking vehicles on hills or slopes to prevent vehicles from moving while unattended.

4. Nothing can replace the application of common sense in the promulgation and observance of safety precautions and fire prevention measures. The rules cited in subparagraphs 2 and 3 above are to be used as guides only and are not to be considered as all inclusive of the action necessary to prevent accidents or fires. Commanding officers will be held responsible for the issuance of local regulations to assure the intent of the above as well as to assure a complete safe operating program.

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1. The caution plate mounted on a motor vehicle indicates the maximum speed for which the vehicle is designed. This speed presumes good operating conditions of vehicles, good roads, rated load or less, normal traffic conditions, and skilled driving. It will not be exceeded except in case of extreme emergency wherein danger of life, substantial loss of property, or national security is involved. 2. Fast driving over rough, slippery or congested roads is prohibited, and the fact that the vehicle was being operated within the authorized speed limit will not be accepted as an excuse for such driving.

3. Although emergency vehicles, such as ambulances, fire trucks, etc., proceeding in response to an emergency call may under certain circumstances violate traffic and

4. Speeds will not exceed the limits set by Federal Regulations or by regulations of the States or local areas in which the vehicle is being operated.

5. On all motor vehicles, except ambulances, fire trucks, crash trucks, and vehicles for similar emergency use, regulated governors, when installed, will be set and sealed at the maximum speed indicated on the caution plate. The setting of governors or other speed or pressure regulating devices on fire or crash trucks or other vehicles in which propelling engine is also used to drive mounted equipment will be based upon the limiting maximum speed for driving or operating purposes as determined by the vehicle design. Disciplinary action will be taken in all cases of tampering with sealed governors.


1. The commanding officer of a post, station or organization will prohibit operation of any vehicle of his command which is not in safe operating condition or where further operations will cause additional damage to the vehicle.

2. Motor vehicles will be used only for official business, including the special uses listed in paragraph 58059.

3. Marine Corps owned or Marine Corps leased motor vehicles will not be used to transport civilian or military personnel between their place of residence and business except in emergencies or in the following


a. Commanding officers of posts and stations are entitled to use their official cars from the moment they leave their Government quarters on board the stations under their command bound for their offices or other official duties.

b. Military or civilian personnel engaged in field work, the character of whose duties makes such transportation necessary and then only in such cases as are approved by the Commandant of the Marine Corps and the Secretary of the Navy. Approval shall be denied officers and employees whose justification for using official cars between their domiciles and places of employment relies wholly or substantially on reasons of custom, rank, prestige, or personal convenience. Temporary duty status of itself will not be

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