At a time when owner-operators and fleet operations are dealing with unstable diesel costs and inflation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) upped the ante on trucking fines.
“This rule implements the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act (FCPIAA) of 1990, as amended by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act). The FCPIAA and the 2015 Act require Federal agencies to adjust the minimum and maximum civil penalty amounts to preserve their deterrent impact,” according to the FMCSA.
These rank among the increased civil penalties that could impact truckers cited for infractions.
- Maximum Violation of Hazardous Materials Transportation: $89,678 to $96,624
- Minimum Violation of Hazardous Materials Transportation: $540 to $582
- Tampering with a Smoke Alarm Device: $4,799 to $5,171
- Maximum Penalty Per School Bus Related Violation: $13,885 to $14,960
- Maximum Penalty Per Violation Related to Odometer Tampering: $11,956 to $12,882
- Out-of-Service Violation By CMV Driver: $2,072 to $2,232
- Operating in Violation of Out-of-Service Order: $26,269 to $28,304
- Maximum Employer Out-of-Service Order Violations: $34,712 to $37,400
- Maximum Recordkeeping Violation Per Day: $1,388 to $1,496
- Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Violations: $6,269 to $6,755
- Special Penalties Pertaining to Railroad-Highway Grade Crossing Violations: $17,995 to $19,389
- First Offense Alcohol Prohibition Violation: $3,471 to $3,740
- Financial Responsibility Violation: $18,500 to $19,933
- Loading, Unloading Violation: $17,995 to $19,389
- Evasion of Motor Carrier Regulations (First Offense): $2,392 to $2,577 (min), $5,978 to $6,441 (max)
- Subsequent Evasion of Motor Carrier Regulations (maximum): $8,958 to $9,652
For a complete list of civil penalty escalations, visit the FMCSA document published in the Federal Register.