Playing It Safe – Trucking
CSA Red Flag Violations
Know what they are and avoid them
When investigating a motor carrier, a Safety Investigator (SI) looks at driver history for egregious violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). These violations are sometimes referred to as Red Flag Violations and are always reviewed as part of a carrier investigation.
At present, there are 12 such violations, which are outlined in the accompanying table along with the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) to which they correspond.
Basic – FMCSA Violation – Description
Driver Fitness – 383.21 – Operating a CMV with more than one driver’s license
Driver Fitness – 383.23(a)(2) – Operating a CMV without a valid CDL
Driver Fitness – 383.51(a) – Driving a CMV while disqualified
Driver Fitness – 383.91(a) – Operating a CMV with improper CDL group
Driver Fitness – 391.11 – Unqualified driver
Driver Fitness – 391.11(b)(5) – Driver lacking valid license for type of vehicle operated
Driver Fitness – 391.11(b)(7) – Driver disqualified from operating a CMV
Driver Fitness – 391.15(a) – Driving a CMV while disqualified
Drug/Alcohol – 392.4(a) – Driver uses or is in possession of drugs
Drug/Alcohol – 392.5(a) – Possession/use/under the influence of alcohol less then 4 hours prior to duty
Fatigued Driving – 395.13(d) – Driving after being declared out-of-service
Vehicle Maintenance – 396.9(c)(2) – Operating an OOS vehicle
The FMCSA keeps a closer eye on drivers who have been cited for these violations and the carriers that hire them. If you are cited for a Red Flag Violation, address it immediately.
Uncorrected driver violations may result in a driver Notice of Violation or Notice of Claim..
For more information, visit COMMERCIAL TRUCK INSURANCE or call a SW Risk Trucking Specialist at (480) 290-2222.
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