Increased Fines for Truck Driving Violations

On Tuesday July 31, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) increased fines for federal trucking violations. The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act requires the FMCSA to adjust fines every year due to inflation. The final rule published on July 31 was effective immediately.  

In order to adjust the fines adequately the DOT multiplies the penalty by the difference from October 2017 to October 2018. The percentage difference this year is 1.02522. 

All fines increased as seen below:

ViolationNew Penalty ValueFormer Penalty Value
Failure to respond to
Agency subpoena to
appear and testify or
produce records
(minimum)
$1,093$1,066
Failure to respond to
Agency subpoena to
appear and testify or
produce records
(maximum)
$10,932$10,663
Out-of-service order:
Operation of CMV by
driver
$1,895$1,848
Out-of-service order:
Requiring or
permitting operation
of CMV by driver
$18,943$18,477
Out-of-service order:
Operation by driver of CMV or
intermodal equipment that was
placed out-of-service
$1,895$1,848
Out-of-service order:
Requiring or
permitting operation
of CMV or intermodal
equipment that was
placed out-of-service
$18,943$18,477
Out-of-service order:
Failure to return
written certification or correction
$947$924
Out-of-service order:
Failure to cease
operations as ordered 
$27,331$26,659
Out-of-service order:
Operating in
violation of order
$24,017$23,426
Out-of-service order:
Conducting
operations during
suspension or
revocation for failure
to pay penalties
$15,419$15,040
Out-of-service order:
Conducting operations during
suspension or revocation
$24,017$23,426
Record-keeping:
Maximum penalty per day
$1,270$1,239
Record-keeping:
Maximum total
penalty
$12,695$12,383

Violation
New Penalty ValueFormer Penalty Value
Knowing falsification of records $12,695$12,383
Non-recordkeeping
violations
$15,419$15,404
Non-recordkeeping
violations by drivers
$3,855$3,760
Alcohol prohibition
violations
(first offense)
$3,174$3,096
Alcohol prohibition
violations (second or
subsequent
conviction)
$6,348$6,192
Commercial driver’s
license violations
$5,732$5,591
Special penalties
pertaining to
violation of OOS orders
(first conviction)
$3,174$3,096
Special penalties
pertaining to
violation of OOS orders
(second or subsequent
conviction)
$6,348$6,192
Knowingly allowing,
authorizing employee violations of OOS order (minimum)
$5,732$5,591
Knowingly allowing,
authorizing employee violations of OOS order (maximum)
$31,737$30,956
Special penalties
pertaining to railroad-highway
grade crossing violations
$16,453$16,048
Financial
responsibility
violations
$16,915$16,499
Violations of
Hazardous Materials
Regulations and Safety Permitting
Regulations
(transportation or
shipment of hazmat)
$81,993$79,976
Violations of Hazardous Materials Regulations and Safety
Permitting
Regulations (training)
(minimum penalty)
$493$481
Violations of
Hazardous Materials
Regulations and Safety
Permitting
Regulations (training)
(maximum penalty)
$81,993$79,976
ViolationsNew Penalty ValueFormer Penalty Value
Violations of
Hazardous Materials
Regulations and Safety
Permitting
Regulations
(packaging or
container)
$81,993$79,976
Violations of
Hazardous Materials
Regulations and Safety Permitting
Regulations (compliance with FMCSRs)
$81,993$79,976
Violations of
Hazardous Materials
Regulations and Safety Permitting
Regulations (death,
serious illness, severe
injury to persons;
destruction of
property)
$191,316$186,610
Operating after being declared unfit by
assignment of a final “unsatisfactory”
safety rating
(generally)
$27,331$26,659
Operating after being declared unfit by
assignment of a final “unsatisfactory”
safety rating (hazmat maximum penalty)
$81,993$79,976
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 property)
$191,316$186,610
Violations of the
commercial
regulations,
property carriers
$10,932$10,663
Violations of the CRs, brokers$10,932$10,663
Violations of the CRs, passenger carriers$27,331$26,659
Violation of the CRs,
foreign carriers,
foreign motor
private carriers 
$10,932$10,663

ViolationNew Penalty ValueFormer Penalty Value
Violations of the CRs,
foreign motor carriers, foreign motor private carriers before
implementation of
North America Free
Trade Agreement land transportation
provisions (maximum penalties for
intentional violation)
$15,034$14,664
Violations of the CRs,
foreign motor carriers, foreign motor private carriers before
implementation of
North America Free
Trade Agreement land transportation
provisions (maximum penalties for a pattern of international
violations)
$37,587$36,662
Violations of the CRs, motor carrier or
broker for
transportation of
hazardous wastes
(minimum)
$21,885$21,327
Violations of the CRs, motor carrier or broker for transportation of hazardous wastes (maximum)$43,730$42,654
Violations of the CRs, household goods carrier or freight forwarder, or their receiver or trustee$1,644$1,604
Violation of the CRs, weight of HHG shipment, charging for services (minimum or first violation)$3,291$3,210
Violation of the CRs, weight of HHG shipment, charging for services (subsequent violations)$8,227$8,025
Tariff violations$164,531$160,484
Additional tariff violations, rebates or concessions (first violation)$328$320
Additional tariff violations, rebates or concessions (subsequent violations)$411$401
Tariff violations, freight forwarders (max penalty for first violation)$823$803