Consequences of Non-Compliance
FMCSA expects all truckers to abide by the set federal trucking regulations. Failure to do so will lead to license suspension, fines, or criminal charges.
The FMCSA imposes fines on negligent trucking companies. FMSCA regulations require all motor carriers to conduct random drug tests, train drivers before hiring them, keep accurate records, conduct regular inspections, and many other requirements. Failure to adhere to these requirements can result in fines going up to $50,000 per violation.
Certain violations can result in the issuance of out-of-service orders until the trucking company takes corrective measures. Out-of-service vehicles are a liability to trucking companies, as they come with maintenance expenses, delivery delay penalties, and higher insurance premiums.
Violating an out-of-service order can lead to fines of up to tens of thousands of dollars.
Besides or instead of civil penalties, non-compliance with the FMCSA regulations can lead to criminal charges and penalties. This is the case when the FMCSA determines that the driver willfully, intentionally, or recklessly violated the regulations.
Criminal penalties can include imprisonment, fines, or both.
Disqualification from operating a vehicle
Violating the FMCSA regulations can also result in disqualifying the driver from operating the truck for a given period following a traffic violation, such as DUI, leaving an accident scene, excessive speeding, improper lane changes, and reckless driving.
The disqualification period depends on the severity of the offense. Trucking companies that allow a disqualified driver to operate a vehicle can face serious penalties.
Operating authority revocation
If a trucking company has repeatedly violated FMCSA regulations or in cases of serious violations, the FMCSA may revoke the company’s operating authority. This means the company can no longer operate vehicles to transport cargo interstate.
You can find the FMCSA standards and regulations on eCFR.
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