FMCSA raises penalty levels

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For the first time since 1998, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has made inflationary adjustments on non-compliance penalties. Now a CDL driver convicted of violating an out-of-service order may be fined $2,100 to $3,750 per incident instead of the previous range of $1,100 to $2,750. Employers who allow an employee to violate an order may receive a civil penalty of $3,750 to $16,000 instead of $2,750 to $11,000.

Carriers that do not hold the required insurance can be fined as much as $16,000 daily, and other safety regulation violations now result in fines up to $11,000 for carriers and $2,750 for drivers.

Other fine increases include record-keeping violation penalties, which are now $550 to $5,500 and non-compliance with hazmat safety regulations, which carries fines of $275 to $32,500 per incident.

The final rule was published in the March 31 Federal Register.