The FMCSA has announced that they will be increasing the fines for trucking regulation violations in order to adjust for inflation.

The commercial vehicle regulation violation penalties will be increased by 0.16% across the board to account for inflation. Federal regulations require the FMCSA to increase or decrease the penalty amounts each year for inflation. Under the new penalty schedule, an out of service violation penalty would increase from $1782 to $1811.

The Final Rule increasing the penalties goes into effect on April 24, 2017.

You can take a look at the new penalty schedule in the two tables below.

Civil penalty locationLegal authorityCurrent penaltyAnnually adjusted penalty (current penalty × 1.01636)
(1)(2)(3)(4)
Appendix A II SubpoenaMAP-21 Public Law 112-141, 32110 126 Stat. 405, 782, (2012) (49 U.S.C. 525)$1,028$1,045
Appendix A II SubpoenaMAP-21 Public Law 112-141, 32110, 126 Stat. 405, 782 (2012) (49 U.S.C. 525)10,28210,450
Appendix A IV (a) Out-of-service order (operation of CMV by driver)Public Law 98-554, 213(b), 98 Stat. 2829, 2841-2843 (1984) (49 U.S.C. 521(b)(7)), 55 FR 11224 (March 27, 1990)1,7821,811
Appendix A IV (b) Out-of-service order (requiring or permitting operation of CMV by driver)Public Law 98-554, 213(a), 98 Stat. 2829 (1984) (49 U.S.C. 521(b)(7)), 55 FR 11224 (March 27, 1990)17,81618,107
Appendix A IV (c) Out-of-service order (operation by driver of CMV or intermodal equipment that was placed out of service)Public Law 98-554, 213(a), 98 Stat 2829 (1984) (49 U.S.C. 521(b)(7)), FR 11224 (March 27, 1990)1,7821,811
Appendix A IV (d) Out-of-service order (requiring or permitting operation of CMV or intermodal equipment that was placed out of service)Public Law 98-554, 213(a), 98 Stat 2829 (1984) (49 U.S.C. 521(b)(7)); 55 FR 11224 (March 27, 1990)17,81618,107
Appendix A IV (e) Out-of-service order (failure to return written certification of correction)49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(B), 49 CFR 396.9(d)(3)891906
Appendix A IV (g) Out-of-service order (failure to cease operations as ordered)MAP-21, Public Law 112-141, 32503, 126 Stat. 405, 803 (2012) (49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(F))25,70526,126
Appendix A IV (h) Out-of-service order (operating in violation of order)Public Law 98-554, 213(a), 98 Stat, 2829, 2841-2843 (1984) (49 U.S.C. 521(b)(7))22,58722,957
Appendix A IV (i) Out-of-service order (conducting operations during suspension or revocation for failure to pay penalties)TEA-21, Public Law 105-178, 4015(b), 112 Stat. 411-12 (1998) (49 U.S.C. §521(b)(2)(A)), 521(b)(7)); 65 FR 56521, 56530 (September 19, 2000)14,50214,739
Appendix A IV (j) (conducting operations during suspension or revocation)Public Law 98-554, 213(a), 98 Stat, 2829, 2841-2843 (1984) (49 U.S.C. 521(b)(7))22,58722,957

 

Civil penalty locationLegal authorityCurrent penaltyAnnually adjusted penalty (current penalty × 1.01636)
(1)(2)(3)(4)
Appendix B (a)(1) Recordkeeping—maximum penalty per daySAFETEA-LU, Public Law 109-59, 4102(a), 119 Stat. 1144, 1715 (2005) (49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(B)(i))$1,194$1,214
Appendix B (a)(1) Recordkeeping—maximum total penaltySAFETEA-LU, Public Law 109-59, 4102(a), 119 Stat. 1144, 1715 (2005) (49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(B)(i))11,94012,135
Appendix B (a)(2) Knowing falsification of recordsSAFETEA-LU, Public Law 109-59, 4102(a), 119 Stat. 1144, 1715 (2005) (49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(B)(ii))11,94012,135
Appendix B (a)(3) Non-recordkeeping violationsTEA-21, Public Law 105-178, 4015(b), 112 Stat. 107, 411-12 (1998) (49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(A))14,50214,739
Appendix B (a)(4) Non-recordkeeping violations by driversTEA-21, Public Law 105-178, 4015(b), 112 Stat. 107, 411-12 (1998) (49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(A))3,6263,685
Appendix B (a)(5) Violation of 49 CFR 392.5 (first offense)SAFETEA-LU, Public Law 109-59, 119 Stat. 1144, 1715; 4102(b), 119 Stat. 1715-16 (2005) (49 U.S.C. 31310(i)(2)(A))2,9853,034
Appendix B (a)(5) Violation of 49 CFR 392.5 (second or subsequent conviction)SAFETEA-LU, Public Law 109-59, 119 Stat. 1144, 1715; 4102(b), 119 Stat. 1715-16 (2005) (49 U.S.C. 31310(i)(2)(A))5,9706,068
Appendix B (b) Commercial driver’s license (CDL) violationsPublic Law 99-570, 12012(b), 100 Stat. 3207-184-85 (1986) (49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(C))5,3915,479
Appendix B (b)(1): Special penalties pertaining to violation of out-of-service orders (first conviction)SAFETEA-LU, Public Law 109-59, 4102(b), 119 Stat. 1144, 1715 (2005) (49 U.S.C. 31310(i)(2)(A))2,9853,034
Appendix B (b)(1) Special penalties pertaining to violation of out-of-service orders (second or subsequent conviction)SAFETEA-LU, Public Law 109-59, 119, 4102(b), Stat. 1144, 1715 (2005) (49 U.S.C. 31310(i)(2)(A))5,9706,068
Appendix B (b)(2) Employer violations pertaining to knowingly allowing, authorizing employee violations of out-of-service order (minimum penalty)Public Law 99-570, 12012(b), 100 Stat. 3207-184-85 (1986) (49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(C))5,3915,479
Appendix B (b)(2) Employer violations pertaining to knowingly allowing, authorizing employee violations of out-of-service order (maximum penalty)SAFETEA-LU, Public Law 109-59, 4102(b), 119 Stat. 1144, 1715 (2005) (49 U.S.C. 31310 (i)(2)(C))29,84930,337
Appendix B (b)(3) Special penalties pertaining to railroad-highway grade crossing violationsICC Termination Act of 1995, Public Law 104-88, 403(a), 109 Stat. 956 (1995) (49 U.S.C. 31310(j)(2)(B))15,47415,727
Appendix B (d) Financial responsibility violationsPublic Law 103-272, 31139(f), 108 Stat. 745, 1006-1008 (1994) (49 U.S.C. 31139(g)(1))15,90916,169
Appendix B (e)(1) Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) and Safety Permitting Regulations (transportation or shipment of hazardous materials)MAP-21 Public Law 112-141, 33010, 126 Stat. 405, 837-838 (2012) (49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(1))77,11478,376
Appendix B (e)(2) Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) and Safety Permitting Regulations (training)—minimum penaltyMAP-21 Public Law 112-141, 33010, 126 Stat. 405, 837 (2012) (49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(3))463471
Appendix B (e)(2): Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) and Safety Permitting Regulations (training)—maximum penaltyMAP-21 Public Law 112-141, 33010 126 Stat. 405, 837 (2012) (49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(1))77,11478,376
Appendix B (e)(3) Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) and Safety Permitting Regulations (packaging or container)MAP-21 Public Law 112-141, 33010, 126 Stat. 405, 837, (2012) 49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(1))77,11478,376
Appendix B (e)(4): Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) and Safety Permitting Regulations (compliance with FMCSRs)MAP-21 Public Law 112-141, 33010, 126 Stat. 405, 837 (2012) (49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(1))77,11478,376
Appendix B (e)(5) Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) and Safety Permitting Regulations (death, serious illness, severe injury to persons; destruction of property)MAP-21 Public Law 112-141, 33010, 126 Stat. 405, 837 (2012) (49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(2))179,933182,877
Appendix B (f)(1) Operating after being declared unfit by assignment of a final “unsatisfactory” safety rating (generally)MAP-21, Public Law 112-141, 32503, 126 Stat. 405, 803 (2012) (49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(F))25,70526,126
Appendix B (f)(2) Operating after being declared unfit by assignment of a final “unsatisfactory” safety rating (hazardous materials)—maximum penaltyMAP-21, Public Law 112-141, 33010, 126 Stat. 405, 837 (49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(1))77,11478,376
Appendix B (f)(2): Operating after being declared unfit by assignment of a final “unsatisfactory” safety rating (hazardous materials)—maximum penalty if death, serious illness, severe injury to persons; destruction of propertyMAP-21, Public Law 112-141, 33010, 126 Stat. 405, 837 (2012) (49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(2))179,933182,877
Appendix B (g)(1) New Appendix B (g)(1): Violations of the commercial regulations (CR) (property carriers)MAP-21, Public Law 112-141, 32108(a), 126 Stat. 405, 782 (2012) (49 U.S.C. 14901(a))10,28210,450
Appendix B (g)(2) Violations of the CRs (brokers)MAP-21 Public Law 112-141, 32919(a), 126 Stat. 405, 827 (2012) (49 U.S.C. 14916(c))10,28210,450
Appendix B (g)(3) Violations of the CRs (passenger carriers)MAP-21, Public Law 112-141, 32108(a), 126 Stat. 405, 782 (2012) (49 U.S.C. 14901(a))25,70526,126
Appendix B (g)(4) Violations of the CRs (foreign motor carriers, foreign motor private carriers)MAP-21, Public Law 112-141, 32108(a), 126 Stat. 405, 782 (2012) (49 U.S.C. 14901(a))10,28210,450
Appendix B (g)(5) Violations of the CRs (foreign motor carriers, foreign motor private carriers before implementation of North American Free Trade Agreement land transportation provisions)—maximum penalty for intentional violationMCSIA of 1999, Public Law 106-59, 219(b), 113 Stat. 1748, 1768 (1999) (49 U.S.C. 14901note)14,14014,371
Appendix B (g)(5) Violations of the CRs (foreign motor carriers, foreign motor private carriers before implementation of North American Free Trade Agreement land transportation provisions)—maximum penalty for a pattern of intentional violationsMCSIA of 1999, Public Law 106-59, 219(c), 113 Stat. 1748, 1768 (1999) (49 U.S.C. 14901note)35,35135,929
Appendix B (g)(6) Violations of the CRs (motor carrier or broker for transportation of hazardous wastes)—minimum penaltyMAP-21, Public Law 112-141, 32108, 126 Stat. 405, 782 (2012) (49 U.S.C. 14901(b))20,56420,900
Appendix B (g)(6) Violations of the CRs (motor carrier or broker for transportation of hazardous wastes)—maximum penaltyMAP-21 Public Law 112-141, 32108, 126 Stat. 405,782 (2012) (49 U.S.C. 14901(b))41,12841,801
Appendix B (g)(7): Violations of the CRs (HHG carrier or freight forwarder, or their receiver or trustee)ICC Termination Act of 1995, Public Law 104-88, 103, 100 Stat. 803, 914 (1995) (49 U.S.C. 14901(d)(1))1,5471,572
Appendix B (g)(8) Violation of the CRs (weight of HHG shipment, charging for services)—minimum penalty for first violationICC Termination Act of 1995, Public Law 104-88, 103, 100 Stat. 803, 914 (1995) (49 U.S.C. 14901(e))3,0953,146
Appendix B (g)(8) Violation of the CRs (weight of HHG shipment, charging for services) subsequent violationICC Termination Act of 1995, Public Law 104-88, 103, 100 Stat. 803, 914 (1995) (49 U.S.C. 14901(e))7,7377,864
Appendix B (g)(10) Tariff violationsICC Termination Act of 1995, Public Law 104-88, 103, 100 Stat. 803, 868-869, 915 (1995) (49 U.S.C. §13702, 14903)154,742157,274
Appendix B (g)(11) Additional tariff violations (rebates or concessions)—first violationICC Termination Act of 1995, Public Law 104-88, 103, 100 Stat. 803, 915-916 (1995) (49 U.S.C. 14904(a))309314
Appendix B (g)(11) Additional tariff violations (rebates or concessions)—subsequent violationsICC Termination Act of 1995, Public Law 104-88, 103, 100 Stat. 803, 915-916 (1995) (49 U.S.C. 14904(a))387393
Appendix B (g)(12): Tariff violations (freight forwarders)—maximum penalty for first violationICC Termination Act of 1995, Public Law 104-88, 103, 100 Stat. 803, 916 (49 U.S.C. 14904(b)(1))774787
Appendix B (g)(12): Tariff violations (freight forwarders)—maximum penalty for subsequent violationsICC Termination Act of 1995, Public Law 104-88, 103, 100 Stat. 803, 916 (1995) (49 U.S.C. 14904(b)(1))3,0953,146
Appendix B (g)(13): Service from freight forwarder at less than rate in effect—maximum penalty for first violationICC Termination Act of 1995, Public Law 104-88, 103, 100 Stat. 803, 916 (1995) (49 U.S.C. 14904(b)(2))774787
Appendix B (g)(13): Service from freight forwarder at less than rate in effect—maximum penalty for subsequent violation(s)ICC Termination Act of 1995, Public Law 104-88, 103, 100 Stat. 803, 916 (1995) (49 U.S.C. 14904(b)(2))3,0953,146
Appendix B (g)(14): Violations related to loading and unloading motor vehiclesICC Termination Act of 1995, Public Law 104-88, 103, 100 Stat. 803, 916 (1995) (49 U.S.C. 14905)15,47415,727
Appendix B (g)(16): Reporting and recordkeeping under 49 U.S.C. subtitle IV, part B (except 13901 and 13902(c)—minimum penaltyMAP-21, Public Law 112-141, 32108, 126 Stat. 405, 782 (2012) (49 U.S.C. 14901)1,0281,045
Appendix B (g)(16): Reporting and recordkeeping under 49 U.S.C. subtitle IV, part B—maximum penaltyICC Termination Act of 1995, Public Law 104-88, 103, 100 Stat. 803, 916-917 (1995) (49 U.S.C. 14907)7,7377,864
Appendix B (g)(17): Unauthorized disclosure of informationICC Termination Act of 1995, Public Law 104-88, 103, 100 Stat. 803, 917 (1995) (49 U.S.C. 14908)3,0953,146
Appendix B (g)(18): Violation of 49 U.S.C. subtitle IV, part B, or condition of registrationICC Termination Act of 1995, Public Law 104-88, 103, 100 Stat. 803, 917 (1995) (49 U.S.C. 14910)774787
Appendix B (g)(21)(i): Knowingly and willfully fails to deliver or unload HHG at destinationICC Termination Act of 1995, Public Law 104-88, 103, 100 Stat. 803, 916 (1995) (49 U.S.C. 14905)15,47415,727
Appendix B (g)(22): HHG broker estimate before entering into an agreement with a motor carrierSAFETEA-LU, Public Law 109-59, 4209(2), 119 Stat. 1144, 1758, (2005) (49 U.S.C. 14901(d)(2))11,94012,135
Appendix B (g)(23): HHG transportation or broker services—registration requirementSAFETEA-LU, Public Law 109-59, 4209(d)(3), 119 Stat. 1144, 1758 (2005) (49 U.S.C. 14901 (d)(3))29,84930,337
Appendix B (h): Copying of records and access to equipment, lands, and buildings—maximum penalty per daySAFETEA-LU, Public Law 109-59, 4103(2), 119 Stat. 1144, 1716 (2005) (49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(E))1,1941,214
Appendix B (h): Copying of records and access to equipment, lands, and buildings—maximum total penaltySAFETEA-LU, Public Law 109-59, 4103(2), 119 Stat. 1716 (2005) (49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(E))11,94012,135
Appendix B (i)(1): Evasion of regulations under 49 U.S.C. ch. 5, 51, subchapter III of 311 (except 31138 and 31139), 31302-31304, 31305(b), 31310(g)(1)(A), 31502—minimum penalty for first violationMAP-21 Public Law 112-141, 32505, 126 Stat. 405, 804 (2012) (49 U.S.C. 524)2,0562,090
Appendix B (i)(1): Evasion of regulations under 49 U.S.C. ch. 5, 51, subchapter III of 311 (except 31138 and 31139), 31302-31304, 31305(b), 31310(g)(1)(A), 31502—maximum penalty for first violationMAP-21 Public Law 112-141, 32505, 126 Stat. 405, 804 (2012) (49 U.S.C. 524)5,1415,225
Appendix B (i)(1): Evasion of regulations under 49 U.S.C. ch. 5, 51, subchapter III of 311 (except 31138 and 31139), 31302-31304, 31305(b), 31310(g)(1)(A), 31502—minimum penalty for subsequent violation(s)MAP-21 Public Law 112-141, 32505, 126 Stat. 405, 804 (2012) (49 U.S.C. 524). MAP-21 Public Law 112-141, 32505, 126 Stat. 405, 804 (2012) (49 U.S.C. 524)2,5702,612
Appendix B (i)(1): Evasion of regulations under 49 U.S.C. ch. 5, 51, subchapter III of 311 (except 31138 and 31139), 31302-31304, 31305(b), 31310(g)(1)(A), 31502—maximum penalty for subsequent violation(s)MAP-21 Public Law 112-141, 32505, 126 Stat. 405, 804 (2012) (49 U.S.C. 524)7,7117,837
Appendix B (i)(2): Evasion of regulations under 49 U.S.C. subtitle IV, part B—minimum penalty for first violationMAP-21 Public Law 112-141, 32505, 126 Stat. 405, 804 (2012) (49 U.S.C. 14906)2,0562,090
Appendix B (i)(2): Evasion of regulations under 49 U.S.C. subtitle IV, part B—minimum penalty for subsequent violation(s)MAP-21 Public Law 112-141, 32505, 126 Stat. 405, 804 (2012) (49 U.S.C. 14906)5,1415,225