2022 PHMSA Penalties Increased

On March 21, 2022, the Department of Transportation issued a final rule raising civil penalties amounts for hazardous materials violations. The new maximum penalty for a hazardous materials violation has been raised from $84,678.00 to $89,678.00. However, for incidents including death, serious illness, or significant disease, you can expect a whopping $209,249.00 fine!

These adjusted civil penalties were provided in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, (enacted as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act) which became public law on November 15th, 2021.

In addition to enhanced maximum fines, the minimum civil penalty for a training violation has also been raised from $508.00 to $540.00.

All hazmat employers must train their staff to preserve adequate records of that training in order to avoid paying substantial fines. They must also exercise caution in all other areas, including packaging, marking, labeling, placarding, emergency response, and security preparations.

Ensuring workers are safely trained is a serious business. Civil penalties, injuries, and deaths are outcomes we all hope to avoid. ShipMate is fully committed to ensuring safety, preserving life, promoting health, and protecting the environment. We offer a number of dangerous goods transportation, health and safety, and environmental training programs, all of which fulfill the applicable regulatory requirements.

The Coordinating Committee for Automotive Repair (CCAR) is a non-profit organization with a focus on the automotive industry and its needs for safety and hazardous material compliance and training. Founded in 1994 with grant funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), CCAR is also one of the original Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Alliance partners and is the only OSHA Ambassador focused on providing safety best practice information to the automotive collision and repair industries. CCAR has twice been recognized by the ASE Training Managers Council (ATMC) with their “National Excellence in Training” award and was chosen by the North American Hazmat Action Committee (NAAHAC) to develop hazardous material-handling training courses. To learn more about CCAR and its programs, please call 888.476.5465 or visit www.ccar-greenlink.org.

ShipMate, Inc. works with clients to help resolve their most demanding dangerous goods transportation, environmental management and safety issues. ShipMate provides creative ideas and cost effective solutions to resolve and manage their many compliance challenges.

The CCAR and ShipMate online courses offered now include:

  • Surface Transportation of Automotive Hazardous Materials (available in English and Spanish)
  • Surface Transportation of Automotive Dangerous Goods – Canada (available in English and French)
  • Multimodal Transportation of Automotive Dangerous Goods (available in English and Spanish)


For more information, please visit www.hazmatu.org or contact CCAR at 888/476-5465 or at info@ccar.training.











Written by CCAR