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2017-23 April 18, 2017 DOT Agencies Issue 2017 Revisions to the Civil Penalty Inflation Adjustment Tables

By JHMT StaffApril 18, 2017

This month, modal agencies of the Department of Transportation have issued routine inlation adjustments to civil penalty amounts that may be imposed for violations of their respective regulations and the Hazardous Materials Regulations.

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration: Issued Final rule on April 18, 2017: View in the Federal Register [Docket No. PHMSA-2016-0041 (HM-258D)
The maximum civil penalty for a knowing violation is now $78,376, except for violations that result in death, serious illness, or severe injury to any person or substantial destruction of property, for which the maximum civil penalty is $182,877. In addition, the minimum civil penalty amount for a violation relating to training is now $471.

Issued Final rule on April 27, 2017: View in the Federal Register [Docket No. PHMSA-2016-0010, Amdt. No. 190-17].
Revises references in its regulations to the maximum civil penalties for violations of Federal pipeline safety laws.

Federal Aviation Administration: Issued Final rule on April 10, 2017: View in the Federal Register (Docket No. FAA-2016-7004 Amdt. Nos. 13-39, 406-11)
The maximum civil penalty for a knowing violation is now $78,376, except for violations that result in death, serious illness, or severe injury to any person or substantial destruction of property, for which the maximum civil penalty is $182,877. In addition, the minimum civil penalty amount for a violation relating to training is now $471.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration: Issued Final rule on April 12, 2017: View in the Federal Register (Docket No. FMCSA-2016-0128)
Refer to Appendices A and B for revised penalty amounts.

Federal Railroad Administration: Issued Final rule Notice 2 on April 3, 2017: View in the Federal Register (Docket No. FRA-2016-0021).
The minimum civil monetary penalty (CMP) for rail safety violations is now $853; the ordinary maximum CMP is now $27,904; and the aggravated maximum CMP is now $111,616. FRA also determined the minimum CMP for hazardous materials training violations increases to $471; the ordinary maximum CMP per hazardous material violation increases to $78,376; and the aggravated maximum CMP per hazardous material violation increases to $182,877.

FRA issued Final rule Notice 3 on April 13, 2017: View in the Federal Register (Docket No. FRA-2016-0021) adopting previous interim final rules.


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