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Sent:                               Friday, June 20, 2014 4:18 PM


Subject:                          Idealease Safety Bulletin - Red Flag Violations



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"Red Flag" Driver Violations


When investigating a motor carrier, a Safety Investigator (SI) looks at driver history for egregious violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR's).  These violations are sometimes referred to as Red Flag Violations and are always investigated as part of a carrier investigation. The SI conducting the investigation looks to see if the violation has been corrected. At present, there are 12 such violations, though this list may be updated periodically. These violations are outlined in the table below, along with the Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories (BASICs) to which they correspond.




Violation Description

Driver Fitness


Operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) with more than one driver's license


Driver Fitness


Operating a CMV without a valid commercial driver's license (CDL)


Driver Fitness


Driving a CMV (CDL) while disqualified


Driver Fitness


Operating a CMV with improper CDL group


Driver Fitness


Unqualified driver


Driver Fitness


Driver lacking valid license for type of vehicle being operated


Driver Fitness



Driver disqualified from operating CMV

Driver Fitness



Driving a CMV while disqualified

Controlled Substances/Alcohol


Driver uses or is in possession of drugs

Controlled Substances/Alcohol


Possession/use/under influence of alcohol less than 4 hours prior to duty

Fatigued Driving (HOS)


Driving after being declared out-of-service (OOS)


Vehicle Maintenance


Operating an OOS vehicle


Any driver violations identified and addressed during carrier investigations that are not corrected may result in a driver Notice of Violation or Notice of Claim.





Are you using the FMCSA PSP Screening Program?



The Pre-Employment Screening Program (PSP) is a screening tool that allows motor carriers and individual drivers to purchase driving records from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA) Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). Records are available for 24 hours a day via the PSP web site.


 Motor Carriers and drivers can enroll in the PSP program by going to the FMCSA PSP website link:




June 20, 2014



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June is National Safety Month



The 2014 National Safety Month theme, "Safety: It takes all of us," was inspired by the idea of continuous risk reduction - a key pillar in the Journey to Safety Excellence. A successful safety program depends on spotting hazards early, evaluating their risk and removing or controlling them before harm is done. Use this June to find creative ways to engage everyone in reducing risk in your workplaces. A little effort today has the potential to prevent tragedy tomorrow.







The Idealease Safety Bulletin is provided for Idealease affiliates and their customers and is not to be construed as a complete or exhaustive source of compliance or safety information. The Idealease Safety Bulletin is advisory in nature and does not warrant, guarantee, or otherwise certify compliance with laws, regulations, requirements, or guidelines of any local, state, or Federal agency and/or governing body, or industry standards.



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