Inflation Increases DOT Fines for FMCSA Violations

Inflation Increases DOT Fines for FMCSA Violations

Inflation is affecting everything from diesel prices to DOT fines.

As of March 21, 2022, the DOT increased the fine amount for trucking violations to reflect inflation.

However, the inflation metric used to calculate the fine increase is based on Oct ’20 to Oct ’21 percent change in the Consumer Price Index.

So, this year’s increase will not reflect the crazy inflation seen so far in 2022.

This latest change means the fine amounts have been increased 1.06222 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 $6,269 instead of $5,902.

Additionally, recordkeeping maximum penalty per day [49 U.S.C. 521(b)(2)(B)(i)] will be $1,388 instead of $1,307 and maximum total penalty will be $13,885 instead of $13,072.

Read: What Are The Most Common Triggers That Prompt A DOT Audit?

These fine increases are also normal.

Every year, the DOT is required to raise civil penalty amounts for certain DOT violations due to inflation based on a 2015 Act.

In addition, the DOT notice notes new civil penalties provided in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law related to newly manufactured and operating railroad freight cars.

Check out the 2022 FMCSA Fines List

This rule does not change previously assessed or enforced penalties that DOT is actively collecting or has collected.

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Accuracy, organization, and diligence are crucial to keeping your files in order and ready for an audit at a moment’s notice and ensuring new drivers are properly qualified before operating in a safety sensitive position.

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Our DOT Compliance Specialists will ensure all DQ files for your company will be ready to pass an FMCSA audit.

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  • and more

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