FMCSA regulation violation penalties to increase April 24

Posted on 04/12/2017 by David Radke

Fine amounts were adjusted according to a cost-of-living multiplier.

The Department of Transportation increased fines for all violations of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations, effective Monday, April 24, according to the Federal Register.

This increase is a part of an annual review of fines, required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. According to this act, inflation increases should spur the adjustments.

The act also orders the FMCSA to make these changes by Jan. 15, making this year's implementation date more than three months late, Commercial Carrier Journal pointed out. The FMCSA said that, because of their tardiness, delaying the implementation date any further than April 24 would be against public interest.

FMCSA fine increases

Per guidance from the White House Office of Management and Budget's guidance, published in December 2016, the FMCSA calculated the new fine amounts by multiplying the current ones by 1.01636. This translates to an increase of about 0.16 percent. For example:

  • Commercial Driver's License violation fines increased from $5,391 to $5,479.
  • Tariff violation fines increased from $154,742 to $157,274.
  • Fines for copying records or access to land, buildings and equipment increased from $1,194 to $1,214.

People who have outstanding fines for violations will not be subject to the new amounts. Rather, they will still owe what they were originally told. Future violations will fall under the adjusted amounts.

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