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Top 10 Truck Driver Violations of 2015

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As we wrap up 2015, we hope that you have had a safe year behind the wheel. One way to continue to drive safe is to learn the most frequent driver violations, so you can make sure you’re staying compliant.

Violations can be found during roadside inspections by a Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) inspector. If you have one of these violations, it needs to be fixed before you can return to service.

Violation Code  Violation Description  # of Violations
 1. 395.8 Log violations (general/form and manner): Make sure you or your driver’s log events are recorded properly and accurately. 130,815
 2. 391.11B2 Non-English speaking driver: Check that all your drivers can read and speak English enough to talk with other drivers and understand high traffic signs and signals  80,102
 3. 395.8F1 Driver record of duty status not current: Be sure that your records of duty status is current to show the last change of duty status.  66,646
 4. 395.3A3II Driving beyond 8 hour limit since the end of the last off duty or sleeper period of at least 30 minutes: If it’s been 8 hours since your last off-duty sleeper-berth period of at least 30 minutes, you need to stop driving.  60,521
 5. 392.2SLL2 State/local laws-speeding 6-10 miles per hour over the speed limit: Don’t drive faster than the posted speed limit. Period.  49,373
 6. 392.16 Failing to use seat belt while operating CMV: Wear your seat belt anytime you drive! 40,026
 7. 395.3A2 Driving beyond 14 hour duty period (property-carrying vehicle): Stop driving after a 14-consecutive-hour period if you haven’t taken 10 consecutive hours off duty. 35,591
 8. 392.2C Failure to obey traffic control device: Follow all traffic signs, traffic lights and all other traffic control actions 33,090
 9. 391.41AF Operating a property-carrying vehicle without possessing a valid medical certificate: Make sure you or your drivers carry a valid medical certificate with them when they haul. 30,103
 10. 395.8E False report of driver’s record of duty status (RODS): Check that your record of duty status is accurate. 27,668


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