The following comes from the FMCSA.

1: Allowing a driver to operate with a suspended/revoked CDL

Employers who were fined for allowing a driver to operate with a suspended/revoked CDL paid an average fine amount of $8,991. This is what your required annual MVR check and Clearinghouse queries are for.

2 and 3: Failing to implement a compliant drug and alcohol testing program

A DOT compliant drug and alcohol testing program – which includes a pre-employment drug test, a random testing program and post-accident, reasonable suspicion and follow-up tests, as needed – is not as simple as it may seem. And a failed DOT audit may force you to break out your checkbook.

These violations accounted for 35.67% of all violations in 2021, with an average fine amount of $7826, some of which were huge, with a number of carriers settling for $20,000-$42,000 for noncompliant drug testing programs.

FMCSA Through 3/18/2022 2021 2020 2019 2018
Total $1,869,490 $7,082,500 $6,405,550 $10,984,580 $15,226,484
Average $7,693 $7,826 $7,957 $8,649 $9,074
Max $1,869,490 $71,720 $77,000 $143,000 $102,240
Companies 243 905 805 1270 1678