Penalties for hazardous violations increased to highlight importance of safety
All cargo transported by a commercial truck is important, but some of that cargo can be dangerous if not handled properly. In an effort to improve safety, the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recently announced that it is increasing the maximum civil penalties for violations of federal hazardous materials transportation regulations that lead to injuries, property damage or death.
The following changes were made to penalties for violating federal hazardous materials transportation regulations:
1. The maximum civil penalty was increased from $55,000 to $75,000 for knowingly violating Federal hazardous material transportation
2. The maximum civil penalty for knowingly violating laws and regulations that result in death, serious illness, severe injury to any person or substantial destruction of property is increased from $110,000 to $175,000;
3. The $250 minimum civil penalty has been eliminated;
4. The civil penalty for violations related to training has reverted to $450
The increases in penalties highlight how important safety is in the commercial truck industry. Driving a commercial truck can be a safe career, but it takes a professionally trained driver who understands how to properly handle a commercial truck and transport cargo.
If you are someone who values safety and pays attention to details, then becoming a commercial truck driver could be the right career for you. The CDL training program at New England Tractor Trailer Training School helps students prepare for a career as a commercial truck driver.