U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has adjusted
penalties for non-compliance with federal safety rules to
keep up with inflation – FMCSA says the last inflation adjustments
were done in 1998.
now, a CDL holder who is convicted of violating an out-of-service
order is subject to fines ranging from $2,100 to $3,750 per
incident. The range was $1,100 to $2,750.
an employer who knowingly allows, requires, permits or authorizes
an employee to violate an out-of-service order faces a civil
penalty of $3,750 to $16,000 – up from $2,750 to $11,000.
addition, motor carriers failing to maintain required insurance
are subject to a maximum penalty of $16,000 per day. Violations
of other safety regulations carry penalties up to $11,000
for carriers and $2,750 for drivers.
fines for record-keeping violations range from $550 to $5,500.
Hazmat violations carry fines from $275 to $32,500 per incident.
more complete list of the new fees, along with an explanation
of the adjustments and calculations, was published in the
March 31 Federal Register, which can be accessed at http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/index.html.