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Max Heine

When burned-out lights glare

| November 11, 2011

I would’ve thought brake problems were the number one equipment-related violation under the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program. Not so, according to Jeff Davis of Fleet Safety Services. Davis participated in a “CSA: One Year Later” panel discussion at the Commercial Carrier Journal Fall Symposium in Phoenix this week.

Turns out the top equipment-related violation is lighting. Perhaps not a surprise when you consider that when the sun’s down, light problems are obvious. So stay on top of those turn signals, license plate lights, etc. If you need a thorough checklist (or if you’re having trouble falling asleep), you can always read the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations section on lighting.

The biggest driver violation, by the way, is log book form and manner. Log book not being current ranks second, followed by the driver not being in possession of a medical certificate, a driver not speaking English and hours-of-service violations.