Sanctions Against Motor Carriers, Brokers, and Freight Forwarders for Failure To Pay Civil Penalties
The FMCSA implements section 206 of the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 (MCSIA) by amending the penalty provisions of the rules of practice of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs). This action prohibits a motor carrier that does not pay civil penalties assessed by the FMCSA, or that does not arrange and abide by its payment agreements, from operating in interstate commerce. The rule also suspends the registration of a broker, freight forwarder or for- hire motor carrier that has not paid a civil penalty, or arranged and abided by a payment plan. The prohibition or suspension begins on the 91st day after the payment date specified in the final agency order or on the 91st day after the due date of a missed payment arranged in a payment plan. A party that continues to operate in violation of a prohibition or suspension may be subject to additional penalties. However, it will not apply to anyone who is unable to pay a civil penalty because the person is a debtor in a case under chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code.