The Department of Transportation (DOT) enforces a wide range of regulations, and violations can occur in various areas of operation. However, based on data from recent years, here are some of the most frequent DOT violations that have resulted in fines, penalties, or other enforcement actions:
1. Hours of Service (HOS) violations:
This is the most common DOT violation and involves drivers exceeding the maximum allowed driving hours or failing to take required breaks and rest periods.
2. Vehicle maintenance violations:
These violations include failing to properly maintain or inspect vehicles, resulting in mechanical failures or other safety hazards.
3. Driver qualification violations:
These violations involve hiring drivers who do not meet DOT qualifications or failing to maintain accurate driver qualification files.
4. Controlled substances and alcohol violations:
These violations involve drivers testing positive for drugs or alcohol or failing to comply with DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations.
5. Cargo securement violations:
These violations involve failure to secure cargo properly, which can result in accidents or other safety hazards.
6. Operating without authority:
This violation involves operating commercial motor vehicles without the proper registration or operating authority.
7. Unsafe driving:
These violations include reckless driving, speeding, following too closely, or other unsafe driving practices.
8. Driver’s license violations:
These violations include drivers operating commercial vehicles without the proper commercial driver’s license (CDL) or endorsements.
Not knowing where weaknesses exist in the current DOT safety and compliance program can lead to uncertainty and fear that those unknown issues may be creating unnecessary legal and financial risks, from crashes, lawsuits, fines, and lost business. An optimized safety and compliance program will protect customers, employees, and all your company’s stakeholders — and help you avoid some of the most frequent DOT violations.
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