The Cost of Non-Compliance to the FMCSR

posted Apr 7, 2010, 6:14 AM by David Wright

Each year thousands of companies and their drivers pay penalties for violating the DOT’s FMCSR.  The penalties listed below are real, and the hit your company and employees where it counts – in their pockets!!  Take a look at 5 general violations:

Violation Maximum Penalty
A safety violation by a company such as failing to perform annual inspections or failing to insure that drivers are qualified. $11,000
A safety violation by a driver, such as violating the hours of service rules or driving while intoxicated. $2,750
Violating and out-of-service order. $3,750 – Driver
$16,000 - Company
Failing to prepare or maintain a required record such as a Daily Inspection Report, Driver’s Log, or a Driver Qualification File. $1,000 per day, up to $10,000
Knowingly falsifying, changing, or destroying required documents, such as a medical card, drivers log, or daily inspection. $10,000 per violation