RISK ALERT: New FMCSA Penalties Effective June 2

Blayne Beal
Communications & Development

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has issued its final ruling regarding civil penalties for violations of federal regulations. Beginning June 2, penalties will increase across the board and operators should be cognizant of the new revisions. The changes mark the first since 2007 for many of the violations, while some have not been adjusted since 2003.

“Congress has stated in the Adjustment Act, section 2, that increasing penalties over time will deter violations,” FMCSA said. “Therefore, with this deterrence, FMCSA infers that there may be some safety benefits that occur due to this final rule. The deterrence effect of increasing penalties, which Congress has recognized, cannot be reliably quantified into safety benefits, however.”

In some cases, the penalties have increased from 30 percent to 50 percent. The following graphic highlights some of the notable penalty changes. 

FMCSA Penalties Chart

For a complete listing of the new penalties that will be enforced by the FMCSA, click here.