April 17, 2013: (FR) PHMSA – Increased fines for non-compliance


  • Maximum fine for knowing violations of the regulations increased from $55,000 to $75,000
  • Maximum penalty for knowing violations which result in death, serious illness, or severe injury have increased from $110,000 to $175,000.
  • Most minimum fines were eliminated since fines assessed regularly exceed the old minimum by a large margin; only training violations still have a minimum penalty of $450.

Author: Wendy Buckley

Wendy has been in the hazardous materials industry for over 17 years. She worked for both the Federal Railroad Administration and New Jersey State Department of Transportation as a Railroad Hazardous Materials Safety Inspector. Wendy was an Investigator with the Office of Inspector General at Amtrak, a Multi-Modal HazMat Instructor and Auditor with a premier training and consulting company, and managed the Regulatory Affairs department at a multi-billion dollar, multi-national laboratory supply company. Wendy started her career as a Hazardous Materials Technician and Firefighter and today she is the President & Founder of Specialty Transportation and Regulatory Services, a hazardous materials and hazardous waste management consulting firm. Wendy has multiple degrees from several private and public Universities.