One of the most common CSA roadside inspection failures involves lighting. Take a look at this chart to give you an idea of the violation severity related to lighting:
|Section||Violation Description||Violation Severity Weight||Violation in the DSMS|
|393.9T||Inoperative Tail Lamp||6||Yes|
|393.9TS||Inoperative Turn Signal||6||Yes|
|393.19||No/Defective Hazard/Warning Lamps||6||Yes|
Keep in mind that vehicle maintenance violations such as those for lighting defects can affect a driver’s score for 36 months and a fleet’s score for 24 months.
In order to avoid lighting violations and minimize roadside service calls, we recommend that every vehicle in operation have a roadside lighting repair kit in the event that you or your driver notices a lighting issue while on the road. The following two affordable, lightweight and easy to stow roadside repair kits allow for quick and easy roadside repairs so that your vehicle is safe until it can reach a repair center.
The CSA Roadside Lighting Repair Kit by Truck-Lite
The CSA Roadside Lighting Kit Repair Kit by Truck-Lite contains three LED lights and the necessary tools needed to replace a malfunctioning S/T/T or M/C lamp in an emergency repair situation.
It eliminates the need to carry a full lighting cabinet because the Truck-Lite LED marker lamps can retrofit many common marker lamp installations with a peel and stick adhesive backing.
The CSA Roadside Lighting Repair Kit by Grote
A slightly more comprehensive kit, the CSA Roadside Lighting Repair Kit by Grote offers 23 practical and commonly-used lighting and accessory components including 12 lamps, four styles of pigtails, three unique grommets, two unique brackets, conspicuity tape and a selection of 14-gauge butt connectors.
Before you or your drivers head out, be sure to perform a pre-trip inspection, which includes checking that all external lights and reflective equipment are clean and functional in order to ensure safety on the road and minimize chances of lighting-related infractions.