As of May 3, 2021, the DOT has increased the fine amount for trucking violations to reflect inflation, but why twice in one year?
Due to the 2020 inflation fine increase that happened January 11, the May 3 announcement for 2021 annual changes means it is the second time this year the U.S. Department of Transportation adjusted fines.
The DOT must publish any annual minimum and maximum penalty adjustments by January 15 of every year, and the new levels take effect immediately upon publication of the rule. This means we will not see another fine increase until after January 16, 2022 or later.
This is in accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015.
This latest change means the fine amounts have been increased 1.01182 percent.
For example, new minimum penalty for Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) violations [49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(C)] or employer violations pertaining to knowingly allowing, authorizing employee violations of out-of-service order [49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(C)] will be $5,902 instead of $5,833.
This rule does not change previously assessed or enforced penalties that DOT is actively collecting or has collected.