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Civil Penalties Schedules & Guidelines

Current as of July 31, 2019

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is authorized as the delegate of the Secretary of Transportation to enforce the Federal railroad safety and hazardous materials transportation statutes, regulations, and orders, including the civil penalty provisions codified primarily at 49 U.S.C. chs. 51 and 213. See 49 U.S.C. 103 and 49 CFR 1.89; 49 U.S.C. chs. 51, 201-213.

FRA currently has safety regulations in 34 parts of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) that contain provisions establishing the agency’s authority to impose civil penalties if a person violates any requirement in the pertinent portion of a statute, regulation, or order. Out of those 34 CFR parts, 32 contain civil penalties schedules or guidelines constituting a statement of agency policy. These civil penalties schedules and guidelines were historically issued as an appendix to the relevant part of the CFR. On May 23, 2019, FRA relocated the civil penalties schedules and guidelines from the CFR to FRA’s website.  See 84 FR 23730. 

To access FRA’s current civil penalties schedules and guidelines in either PDF or Excel format:

The civil penalties and guidelines have been updated to reflect new inflation-adjusted statutory minimum and maximum civil penalties (see 84 FR 37059 (July 31, 2019)).

To access FRA’s archived civil penalties schedules and guidelines in either PDF or Excel format:
 

Last updated: Tuesday, November 12th, 2019