Fines for violating trucking regulations are going up

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is increasing fines for violating trucking regulations.

Effective on Wednesday, July 31, the FMCSA will increase the amount that truckers must pay for violating regulations.

The fine increase is due to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015, which requires that federal agencies increase fines each year to account for inflation.

You can see the fine increase amounts in the table below.

Description Citation Existing Penalty New Penalty (Existing Penalty x 1.02522)
Appendix A II Subpoena 49 U.S.C. 525 $1,066 $1,093
Appendix A II Subpoena 49 U.S.C. 525 $10,663 $10,932
Appendix A IV (a) Out- of-service order (operation of CMV by driver) 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(7) $1,848 $1,895
Appendix A IV (b) Out- of-service order (requiring or permitting operation of CMV by driver) 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(7)) $18,477 $18,943
Appendix A IV (c) 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) $1,848 $1,895
Appendix A IV (d) 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) $18,477 $18,943
Appendix A IV (e) Out- of-service order (failure to return written certification of correction) 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(B) $924 $947
Appendix A IV (g) Out- of-service order (failure to cease operations as ordered) 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(F) $26,659 $27,331
Appendix A IV (h) Out- of-service order (operating in violation of order) 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(7) $23,426 $24,017
Appendix A IV (i) 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)) $15,040 $15,419
Appendix A IV (j) (conducting operations during suspension or revocation) 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(7) $23,426 $24,017
Appendix B (a)(1) Recordkeeping– maximum penalty per day 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(B)(i) $1,239 $1,270
Appendix B (a)(1) Recordkeeping– maximum total penalty 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(B)(i) $12,383 $12,695
Appendix B (a)(2) Knowing falsification of records 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(B)(ii) $12,383 $12,695
Appendix B (a)(3) Non- recordkeeping violations 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(A) $15,040 $15,419
Appendix B (a)(4) Non- recordkeeping violations by drivers 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(A) $3,760 $3,855
Appendix B (a)(5) Violation of 49 CFR 392.5 (first conviction) 49 U.S.C. 31310(i)(2)(A) $3,096 $3,174
Appendix B (a)(5) Violation of 49 CFR 392.5 (second or subsequent conviction) 49 U.S.C. 31310(i)(2)(A) $6,192 $6,348
Appendix B (b) Commercial driver’s license (CDL) violations 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(C) $5,591 $5,732
Appendix B (b)(1): Special penalties pertaining to violation of out-of-service orders (first conviction) 49 U.S.C. 31310(i)(2)(A) $3,096 $3,174
Appendix B (b)(1) Special penalties pertaining to violation of out-of-service orders (second or subsequent conviction) 49 U.S.C. 31310(i)(2)(A) $6,192 $6,348
Appendix B (b)(2) Employer violations pertaining to knowingly allowing, authorizing employee violations of out-of-service order (minimum penalty) 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(C) $5,591 $5,732
Appendix B (b)(2) Employer violations pertaining to knowingly allowing, authorizing employee violations of out-of-service order (maximum penalty) 49 U.S.C. 31310(i)(2)(C) $30,956 $31,737
Appendix B (b)(3) Special penalties pertaining to railroad- highway grade crossing violations 49 U.S.C. 31310(j)(2)(B) $16,048 $16,453
Appendix B (d) Financial responsibility violations 49 U.S.C. 31138(d)(1), 31139(g)(1) $16,499 $16,915
Appendix B (e)(1) Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) and Safety Permitting Regulations (transportation or shipment of hazardous materials) 49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(1) $79,976 $81,993
Appendix B (e)(2) Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) and Safety Permitting Regulations (training)– minimum penalty 49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(3) $481 $493
Appendix B (e)(2): Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) and Safety Permitting Regulations (training)– maximum penalty 49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(1) $79,976 $81,993
Appendix B (e)(3) Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) and Safety Permitting Regulations (packaging or container) 49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(1) $79,976 $81,993
Appendix B (e)(4): Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMRs) and Safety Permitting Regulations (compliance with FMCSRs) 49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(1) $79,976 $81,993
Appendix B (e)(5) 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) $186,61 0 $191,316
Appendix B (f)(1) Operating after being declared unfit by assignment of a final “unsatisfactory” safety rating (generally) 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(F) $26,659 $27,331
Appendix B (f)(2) Operating after being declared unfit by assignment ofafinal “unsatisfactory” safety rating (hazardous materials)–maximum penalty 49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(1) $79,976 $81,993
Appendix B (f)(2): Operating after being declared unfit by assignment ofafinal “unsatisfactory” safety rating (hazardous materials)–maximum penalty if death, serious illness, severe injury to persons; destruction of property 49 U.S.C. 5123(a)(2) $186,610 $191,316
Appendix B (g)(1): Violations of the commercial regulations (CR) (property carriers) 49 U.S.C. 14901(a) $10,663 $10,932
Appendix B (g)(2) Violations of the CRs (brokers) 49 U.S.C. 14916(c) $10,663 $10,932
Appendix B (g)(3) Violations of the CRs (passenger carriers) 49 U.S.C. 14901(a) $26,659 $27,331
Appendix B (g)(4) Violations of the CRs (foreign motor carriers, foreign motor private carriers) 49 U.S.C. 14901(a) $10,663 $10,932
Appendix B (g)(5) Violations of the CRs (foreign motor carriers, foreign motor private carriers before implementation of North American Free Trade Agreement land transportatio n provisions)–maximum penalty for intentional violation 49 U.S.C. 14901 note $14,664 $15,034
Appendix B (g)(5) Violations of the CRs (foreign motor carriers, foreign motor private carriers before implementation of North American Free Trade Agreement land transportatio n provisions)–maximum penalty for a pattern of intentional violations 49 U.S.C. 14901 note $36,662 $37,587
Appendix B (g)(6) Violations of the CRs (motor carrier or broker for transportation of hazardous wastes)– minimum penalty 49 U.S.C. 14901(b) $21,327 $21,865
Appendix B (g)(6) Violations of the CRs (motor carrier or broker for transportation of hazardous wastes)– maximum penalty 49 U.S.C. 14901(b) $42,654 $43,730
Appendix B (g)(7): Violations of the CRs (HHG carrier or freight forwarder, or their receiver or trustee) I49 U.S.C. 14901(d)(1) $1,604 $1,644
Appendix B (g)(8) Violation of the CRs (weight ofHHG shipment, charging for services)–minimum penalty for first violation 49 U.S.C. 14901(e) $3,210 $3,291
Appendix B (g)(8) Violation of the CRs (weight ofHHG shipment, charging for services) subsequent violation 49 U.S.C. 14901(e) $8,025 $8,227
Appendix B (g)(10) Tariff violations 49 U.S.C. 13702, 14903 $160,48 4 $164,531
Appendix B (g)(11) Additional tariff violations (rebates or concessions)–first violation 49 U.S.C. 14904(a) $320 $328
Appendix B (g)(11) Additional tariff violations (rebates or concessions)– subsequent violations 49 U.S.C. 14904(a) $401 $411
Appendix B (g)(12): Tariff violations (freight forwarders)–maximum penalty for first violation 49 U.S.C. 14904(b)(1) $803 $823
Appendix B (g)(12): Tariff violations (freight forwarders)–maximum penalty for subsequent violations 49 U.S.C. 14904(b)(1) $3,210 $3,291
Appendix B (g)(13): service from freight forwarder at less than rate in effect–maximum penalty for first violation 49 U.S.C. 14904(b)(2) $803 $823
Appendix B (g)(13): service from freight forwarder at less than rate in effect–maximum penalty for subsequent violation(s ) 49 U.S.C. 14904(b)(2) $3,210 $3,291
Appendix B (g)(14): Violations related to loading and unloading motor vehicles 49 U.S.C. 14905 $16,048 $16,453
Appendix B (g)(16): Reporting and recordkeeping under 49 U.S.C. subtitle IV, part B (except 13901 and 13902(c)–minimum penalty 49 U.S.C. 14901 $1,066 $1,093
Appendix B (g)(16): Reporting and recordkeeping under 49 U.S.C. subtitle IV, part B–maximum penalty 49 U.S.C. 14907 $8,025 $8,227
Appendix B (g)(17): Unauthorized disclosure of information 49 U.S.C. 14908 $3,210 $3,291
Appendix B (g)(18): Violation of 49 U.S.C. subtitle IV, part B, or condition of registration 49 U.S.C. 14910 $803 $823
Appendix B (g)(21)(i): Knowingly and willfully fails to deliver or unload HHG at destination 49 U.S.C. 14905 $16,048 $16,453
Appendix B (g)(22): HHG broker estimate before entering into an agreement with a motor carrier 49 U.S.C. 14901(d)(2) $12,383 $12,695
Appendix B (g)(23): HHG transportation or broker services– registration requirement 49 U.S.C. 14901 (d)(3) $30,956 $31,737
Appendix B (h): Copying of records and access to equipment, lands, and buildings– maximum penalty per day 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(E) $1,239 $1,270
Appendix B (h): Copying of records and access to equipment, lands, and buildings– maximum total penalty 49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(E) $12,383 $12,695
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 violation 49 U.S.C. 524 $2,133 $2,187
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 violation 49 U.S.C. 524 $5,332 $5,466
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) 49 U.S.C. 524 $2,665 $2,732
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) 49 U.S.C. 524 $7,997 $8,199
Appendix B (i)(2): Evasion of regulations under 49 U.S.C. subtitle IV, part B–minimum penalty for first violation 49 U.S.C. 14906 $2,133 $2,187
Appendix B (i)(2): Evasion of regulations under 49 U.S.C. subtitle IV, part B–minimum penalty for subsequent violat io n(s ) 49 U.S.C. 14906 $5,332 $5,466
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