• Henry Seaton

FMCSA adjusts civil penalties for inflation

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on June 27 published an interim final rule that adjusts civil penalties assessed or enforced by the agency to reflect changes mandated by the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. In most cases, the inflation-adjusted penalty is higher than the one it replaces, but that is not always the case depending on the “baseline penalty” and the year in which it was initially assessed. For a schedule of revised penalties, see the Federal Register notice at https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-14973.

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