As we step into 2024, the FMCSA has announced its annual fine increase for trucker regulation violations.
These changes (effective December 28, 2023) are driven by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015, marking a crucial, yearly turning point for carriers and drivers alike.
Hence why it is crucial to be cognizant of them.
Understanding the Increases
The adjustments are part of a mandatory, annual review to ensure that penalties keep pace with inflation and, in turn, maintain their intended deterrent effect.
Key Areas of Impact
Driver Compliance: Fines for violations related to driver conduct, particularly for those operating under out-of-service orders, have seen notable increases.
Recordkeeping and Reporting: Accurate recordkeeping remains a cornerstone of regulatory compliance. Hence the updated fines for lapses in this area in particular.
Hazardous Materials: With a need for cautious handling of hazardous materials being ever-present, the adjusted penalties for related violations aim to reinforce safe and compliant transport practices.
Speaking of which.
These changes are more than just numbers; they represent a clear message from the FMCSA: that compliance and safety are non-negotiable.
For carriers and drivers, staying informed about these updated fines is critical to avoid costly penalties and contribute to a safer, more responsible trucking environment.
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