Civil Penalty Amounts Updated by U.S. Transportation Department

Date: December 4, 2018

On Nov. 27, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) published a final rule, effective immediately, that revises the civil penalty amounts for all DOT agencies, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

DOT periodically updates these figures in accordance with federal laws that require federal agencies to adjust minimum and maximum civil penalty amounts for inflation.

In its notice, the DOT emphasized that the final rule adjusts penalties going forward – as of the rule’s effective date – and are not retroactive. Thus, previously assessed or enforced penalties that DOT is actively collecting or has collected are not impacted by this adjustment.

Each DOT agency published a chart showing the adjustment in the penalty amounts. To view an explanation of how NHTSA arrived at its figures and to view their complete 2018 civil penalty adjustment chart, please click here.

For more information, please contact Leigh Merino.

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