FMCSA Boosts Penalties For Non-Compliance with Federal Safety Rules
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 http://www.archives.gov/federal_register/index.html.