2015 Top 10 Vehicle Violations

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2015 Top 10 Vehicle Violations

A roadside inspection is an examination of individual commercial motor vehicles and drivers by a Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) inspector to determine compliance with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) and/or Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs). Serious violations result in the issuance of driver or vehicle out of service (OOS) orders. These violations must be corrected before the affected driver or vehicle can return to service.

  Violation Code Violation Description # of Violations
1 393.9 Operating vehicle not having the required operable lamps: Make sure all required headlights, turn signals and taillights are installed and free of obstructions. 386,490
2 396.3A1 Inspection/repair and maintenance parts and accessories: Make sure defects on the vehicle inspection report are current and updated regularly. 155,758
3 393.47E  

Clamp/roto-chamber type brake(s) out of adjustment: Brake components must be constructed, installed and maintained to prevent excessive fading and grabbing.

4 393.75C  

Tire—other tread depth less than 2/32 inch: Inspectors generally measure three parts of a tire and take the combined average depth of the three to determine wear. Rotate and replace tires as necessary.

5 396.5B  

Oil and/or grease leak: Watch closely for oil and/or grease puddles around your truck while not in use. Check oil/grease levels regularly.

6 393.95A  

No/discharged/unsecured fire extinguisher: Your CMV must have at least one fire extinguisher on board.

7 396.17C  

Operating a CMV without periodic inspection: Your CMV must be inspected at least once every 12 months.

8 393.11  

No/defective lighting devices/reflective devices: Your truck should have all the necessary reflective/lighting devices.

9 393.45B2  

Break hose/tubing chaffing and/or kinking: Your brake tubing and hose must be secured against chaffing, kinking or other mechanical damage.

10 393.9TS  

Inoperative turn signal: Your turn signal must be capable of being operated at all times, and must not be obscured in any way.


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