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FMCSA issues rule increasing most motor carrier civil penalties

From Transport Topics.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued an interim final rule increasing — and in some cases decreasing — its motor carrier civil penalties for violations of federal regulations.

In an announcement scheduled for publication in the Federal Register on June 27, the agency said several laws require periodic “catch-up” adjustments based on cost-of-living increases. Those adjustments result in most penalties jumping from 10% to more than 105%.

The adjusted penalties go into effect August 1, the agency said.

The rule provides for some of the more serious penalties to be assessed on a daily basis if a carrier fails to take corrective action or obey out-of-service or suspension orders.

Although most of the penalty increases are computed using a formula, others are left to the discretion of the agency, according to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 2015.

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