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DOT Violation examples and fines
Maintaining DOT compliance is serious business. Federal, state and local law enforcement personnel are all responsible for enforcing Department of Transportation rules and regulations.
The regulations outlined in CFR Title 49 are intended to ensure that drivers and companies safely operate commericial motor vehicles on public roads and highways.
If there is a breach of DOT compliance, the result may be written warnings, stiff fines and penalties, suspension of a company’s ability to operate and even jail time-depending on the severity of the violation(s).
Here are some examples of DOT violations and the resulting fines that have been levied against transportation companies:
- Part 382.301(a) is violated when a motor carrier allows a driver to operate a CMV or perform other “safety sensitive functions” before either (a) the driver passes a pre-employment drug test or (b) there is evidence to show that he/she was recently tested. Top settlement was over $25,000, the average settlement is almost $3,000.
- Part 382.115 is violated when a motor carrier fails to implement a DOT drug and alcohol-testing program for its drivers. Top settlement was over $5,000, the average settlement is over $2,000.
- Part 382.305 is violated when a motor carrier fails to implement a random drug and alcohol-testing program for its drivers. Top settlement was over $8,000, the average settlement is over $2,000.
- Part 395.8(e) is violated when a driver fails to complete a record of duty status (using a log book or automated recorder); a driver or motor carrier fails to keep or file a record of duty status; or a driver or motor carrier makes a false statement concerning record of duty status. Top settlement was over $135,000, the average settlement is over $8,000.
- Part 395.3(a)(2) is violated when a driver operates a property-carrying CMV after the end of the 14th hour after coming on duty. Top settlement was over $115,000, the average settlement is over $7,000.
- Part 172.800(b) is violated when a company (shipper, motor carrier, etc.) fails to develop or follow a hazardous materials security plan. Top settlement was over $17,000, the average settlement is almost $4,000.
How a company can be in violation:
- Failure to conduct the minimum Annual Percentage Rate for random alcohol testing and controlled substance testing.
- Failure to perform annual inspection on a CMV.
- Failing to provide all supporting documentation for hours of service.
- Allowing drivers to operate a CMV without a valid commerical drivers license (CVL).
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Performance of any service by DOT Compliance & Safety Solutions, LLC does not guarantee a specific safety rating, actual DOT compliance and/or guarantee exclusion from DOT fines and penalties.