DOT increases fines for federal trucking violations across the board

You'll pay hundreds of dollars more for many common violations -- effective immediately.

This week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that they will be increasing fines for all commercial vehicle violations.

On Monday, November 26, DOT announced that they will be raising fines for all federal trucking related violations, effective immediately.

The fine increase is intended to keep up with inflation and is required by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. The percent change of the fine increase is 1.02041, which means that truckers will be paying hundreds of dollars more for most violations than they paid last year.

You can take a look at the updated penalty schedule below.

DescriptionCitationExisting penaltyNew penalty
Failure to obey Subpoena (minimum)$1,045$1,066
Failure to obey Subpoena (maximum)49 U.S.C. 52510,45010,663
Out-of-service order (operation of CMV by driver)49 U.S.C. 521(b)(7)1,8111,848
Out-of-service order (requiring or permitting operation of CMV by driver)49 U.S.C. 521(b)(7))18,10718,477
Out-of-service order (operation by driver of CMV or intermodal equipment that was placed out of service)49 U.S.C. 521(b)(7)1,8111,848
Out-of-service order (requiring or permitting operation of CMV or intermodal equipment that was placed out of service)49 U.S.C. 521(b)(7)18,10718,477
Out-of-service order (failure to return written certification of correction)49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(B)906924
Out-of-service order (failure to cease operations as ordered)49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(F)26,12626,659
Out-of-service order (operating in violation of order)49 U.S.C. 521(b)(7)22,95723,426
Out-of-service order (conducting operations during suspension or revocation for failure to pay penalties)49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(A) and (b)(7))14,73915,040
Conducting operations during suspension or revocation49 U.S.C. 521(b)(7)22,95723,426
Recordkeeping—maximum penalty per day49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(B)(i)1,2141,239
Recordkeeping—maximum total penalty49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(B)(i)12,13512,383
Knowing falsification of records49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(B)(ii)12,13512,383
Non-recordkeeping violations49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(A)14,73915,040
Non-recordkeeping violations by drivers49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(A)3,6853,760
Violation of 49 CFR 392.5 (first conviction)49 U.S.C. 31310(i)(2)(A)3,0343,096
Violation of 49 CFR 392.5 (second or subsequent conviction)49 U.S.C. 31310(i)(2)(A)6,0686,192
Commercial driver’s license (CDL) violations49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(C)5,4795,591
Special penalties pertaining to violation of out-of-service orders (first conviction)49 U.S.C. 31310(i)(2)(A)3,0343,096
Special penalties pertaining to violation of out-of-service orders (second or subsequent conviction)49 U.S.C. 31310(i)(2)(A)6,0686,192
Employer violations pertaining to knowingly allowing, authorizing employee violations of out-of-service order (minimum penalty)49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(C)5,4795,591
Employer violations pertaining to knowingly allowing, authorizing employee violations of out-of-service order (maximum penalty)49 U.S.C. 31310(i)(2)(C)30,33730,956
Special penalties pertaining to railroad-highway grade crossing violations49 U.S.C. 31310(j)(2)(B)15,72716,048
Financial responsibility violations49 U.S.C. 31138(d)(1), 31139(g)(1)16,16916,499
Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) and Safety Permitting Regulations (transportation or shipment of hazardous materials)49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(1)78,37679,976
Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) and Safety Permitting Regulations (training)—minimum penalty49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(3)471481
Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) and Safety Permitting Regulations (training)—maximum penalty49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(1)78,37679,976
Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) and Safety Permitting Regulations (packaging or container)49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(1)78,37679,976
Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) and Safety Permitting Regulations (compliance with FMCSRs)49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(1)78,37679,976
Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) and Safety Permitting Regulations (death, serious illness, severe injury to persons; destruction of property)49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(2)182,877186,610
Operating after being declared unfit by assignment of a final “unsatisfactory” safety rating (generally)49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(F)26,12626,659
Operating after being declared unfit by assignment of a final “unsatisfactory” safety rating (hazardous materials)—maximum penalty49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(1)78,37679,976
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 property49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(2)182,877186,610
Violations of the commercial regulations (CR) (property carriers)49 U.S.C. 14901(a)10,45010,663
Violations of the CRs (brokers)49 U.S.C. 14916(c)10,45010,663
Violations of the CRs (passenger carriers)49 U.S.C. 14901(a)26,12626,659
Violations of the CRs (foreign motor carriers, foreign motor private carriers)49 U.S.C. 14901(a)10,45010,663
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 violation49 U.S.C. 14901note14,37114,664
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 violations49 U.S.C. 14901note35,92936,662
Violations of the CRs (motor carrier or broker for transportation of hazardous wastes)—minimum penalty49 U.S.C. 14901(b)20,90021,327
Violations of the CRs (motor carrier or broker for transportation of hazardous wastes)—maximum penalty49 U.S.C. 14901(b)41,80142,654
Violations of the CRs (HHG carrier or freight forwarder, or their receiver or trustee)I49 U.S.C. 14901(d)(1)1,5721,604
Violation of the CRs (weight of HHG shipment, charging for services)—minimum penalty for first violation49 U.S.C. 14901(e)3,1463,210
Violation of the CRs (weight of HHG shipment, charging for services) subsequent violation49 U.S.C. 14901(e)7,8648,025
Tariff violations49 U.S.C. 13702, 14903157,274160,484
Additional tariff violations (rebates or concessions)—first violation49 U.S.C. 14904(a)314320
Additional tariff violations (rebates or concessions)—subsequent violations49 U.S.C. 14904(a)393401
Tariff violations (freight forwarders)—maximum penalty for first violation49 U.S.C. 14904(b)(1)787803
Tariff violations (freight forwarders)—maximum penalty for subsequent violations49 U.S.C. 14904(b)(1)3,1463,210
Service from freight forwarder at less than rate in effect—maximum penalty for first violation49 U.S.C. 14904(b)(2)787803
Service from freight forwarder at less than rate in effect—maximum penalty for subsequent violation(s)49 U.S.C. 14904(b)(2)3,1463,210
Violations related to loading and unloading motor vehicles49 U.S.C. 1490515,72716,048
Reporting and recordkeeping under 49 U.S.C. subtitle IV, part B (except 13901 and 13902(c)—minimum penalty49 U.S.C. 149011,0451,066
Reporting and recordkeeping under 49 U.S.C. subtitle IV, part B—maximum penalty49 U.S.C. 149077,8648,025
Unauthorized disclosure of information49 U.S.C. 149083,1463,210
Violation of 49 U.S.C. subtitle IV, part B, or condition of registration49 U.S.C. 14910787803
Knowingly and willfully fails to deliver or unload HHG at destination49 U.S.C. 1490515,72716,048
HHG broker estimate before entering into an agreement with a motor carrier49 U.S.C. 14901(d)(2)12,13512,383
HHG transportation or broker services—registration requirement49 U.S.C. 14901(d)(3)30,33730,956
Copying of records and access to equipment, lands, and buildings—maximum penalty per day49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(E)1,2141,239
Copying of records and access to equipment, lands, and buildings—maximum total penalty49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(E)12,13512,383
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 violation49 U.S.C. 5242,0902,133
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 violation49 U.S.C. 5245,2255,332
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)49 U.S.C. 5242,6122,665
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)49 U.S.C. 5247,8377,997
Evasion of regulations under 49 U.S.C. subtitle IV, part B—minimum penalty for first violation49 U.S.C. 149062,0902,133
Evasion of regulations under 49 U.S.C. subtitle IV, part B—minimum penalty for subsequent violation(s)49 U.S.C. 149065,2255,332