DOT increased fines for truck drivers due to inflation

May 5, 20210

Fines imposed by the federal government for violating of trucking regulations have increased again, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT).

On May 3, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, together with the Department of Transportation, published fines for violations of federal trucking regulations.

The updated fines for violations you can find here.

The Department of Transportation notoriously adjusts fines amounts each year, taking into account inflation growth. DOT made the last changes in January 2021. Thus, this is already the second change in 2021.

The DOT had to multiply the penalty amount by the percentage change between the October 2020 Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) and the October 2019 CPI-U, which for 2021 was 1.01182, to find the 2021 adjustment amount.

Given this multiplier, all of the fine amounts increased.


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