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FMCSA Boosts Penalties For Non-Compliance with Federal Safety Rules

April 19, 2004

The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has adjusted penalties for non-compliance with federal safety rules to keep up with inflation — FMCSA says the last inflation adjustments were done in 1998, according to Transport Topics. Effective immediately, a CDL holder who is convicted of violating an out-of-service order is subject to fines ranging from $2,100 to $3,750 per incident. The previous range was $1,100 to $2,750. Moreover, an employer who knowingly allows, requires, permits or authorizes an employee to violate an out-of-service order faces a civil penalty of $3,750 to $16,000 – up from $2,750 to $11,000, according to Transport Topics. A more complete list of the new fees, along with an explanation of the adjustments and calculations, was published in the Federal Register on March 31, which can be accessed at
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