According to FMCSA’s own analysis, these are the top five nationwide violations for U.S. based trucks in fiscal 2013:

  • Operating a vehicle not having the required operable lamps
  • Clamp/roto-chamber type brake(s) out of adjustment
  • Tire tread depth of less than 2/32nd of an inch
  • No/defective lighting devices/reflective devices
  • Operating a vehicle without periodic inspection

Each of these violations should be captured/detected/verified during the Pre-Trip inspection.  A simple Pre-Trip inspection will prevent, not only the violations listed above, but by addressing something as simple as lights being inoperable, even just one light, can prevent the truck from a full-blown roadside inspection.  Visible violations provide an opportunity for law enforcement to conduct more intense roadside inspections that could uncover yet more violations.

If proper vehicle inspections are performed and all issues that arise are tackled as quickly as possible, being cited for maintenance-related violations under CSA should not pose an undue risk for fleets and their drivers alike. That’s why you should now look into information such as how much does a nys inspection cost.

Safety Management:

  • Recognize, evaluate, and control hazards
  • Design and engineer safe workplaces
  • Manage safety performance
  • Manage regulatory compliance
  • Address occupational health
  • Collect safety-related information
  • Incorporate and involve employees at all levels
  • Motivate employees and positively modify their behavior and attitudes
  • Train employees and orient them with new procedures and equipment
  • Communicate safety-related information
  • Manage and control external exposures
  • Manage external environments
  • Integrate safety into hiring and placement processes
  • Measure the performance of safety-related activities

WHAT is CSA (Compliance Safety, Accountability)?

ARL continually strives to provide our drivers in your area with up-to-date information that educates and improves safety performance while ensuring that all FMCSA safety standards are met.  The following informative documents are provided by the FMCSA’s website and are designed to help drivers become more familiar with important aspects of the operations affecting the commercial motor vehicle industry in the United States.

The following power point presentations are downloadable by clicking on the individual category below:


Intro to FMCSA

This presentation is intended to educate all personnel of motor carrier companies on the safety programs and importance of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).


This presentation is intended to educate all personnel of motor carrier companies on the FMCSA general safety regulations.

Driver Qualification

This presentation is intended to educate all personnel of motor carrier companies on the FMCSA regulations on driver qualifications.

TWIC Card Information/Renewal


Inspections Repairs Maintenance

This educational presentation outlines the FMCSA’s requirements for all motor carriers to systematically inspect, repair and maintain all vehicles under its control.

Parts & Accessories

An informative power point with downloadable standards and guidelines to ensure that motor carriers and their drivers adhere to the U.S. Safety guidelines for parts and accessories.


Rules of the Road

This training will assist Motor Carriers in understanding some of the important traffic regulations and traffic control devices used in the United States

Share the road safety program

The FMCSA believes that the more people   know about how to share the road safely, the fewer number of injuries and fatalities will be caused by crashes with large trucks or buses.

CMV Driver Tips

Informative and valuable driving tips and preventative measures for commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers about common driving errors. The link above will take you directly to the FMCSA website

Regulations & Standards

Driver Qualification

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards

Hazardous Materials

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