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Enforcement

FRA Hits Highest-Ever Penalty Rate

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Surpasses previous year’s record-setting numberWASHINGTONThe Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) today announced that its enforcement of federal rail safety rules has led to the highest-ever civil penalty collection rate in the agency’s 50-year history, surpassing last year’s record-breaking rate.For Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, the agency expects to collect 79 percent of the civil penalties it issued to railroads, hazardous materials...

DOT News Digest 146-16

DOT Issues New Enforcement Policy on Extended Tarmac DelaysThe Department’s Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings, a unit within the Office of the General Counsel, today issued a new enforcement policy on extended tarmac delays in light of the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016 (2016 FAA Extension).  Under this new policy, the Office will not take enforcement action against U.S. and foreign airlines for lengthy tarmac delays on...

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Enhanced Protections for Air Travelers, Actions to Promote Airline Competition

WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is taking a number of actions to enhance protections for air travelers and promote competition in the airline industry.  The actions are a result of the Department’s continued commitment to ensuring that passengers are treated fairly by the airline industry, as well as an executive order issued by President Obama directing federal agencies to identify specific actions to...

DOT Reminds Commercial Drivers that Physicals Must Now Be Performed by Certified Medical Examiners

National Registry Will Improve Safety for Travelers, Health of Commercial DriversWASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is reminding interstate truck and bus drivers that beginning today, all new USDOT physicals must be performed by a qualified health professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.“Safety is our highest...

Draft Preliminary Plan for Regulatory Enforcement and Compliance Data

The Department has prepared its draft preliminary plan for its publicly posting its "Regulatory Enforcement and Compliance Data" in response to the President's memorandum of January 18, 2011. 

The Department has prepared its draft preliminary plan for its publicly posting its "Regulatory Enforcement and Compliance Data" in response to the President's memorandum of January 18, 2011. 

Office of Litigation and Enforcement

What We Do

The Office of Litigation and Enforcement provides advice and legal counsel for litigation in which the Department is a party or has an interest. The Office oversees all Supreme Court cases and appellate cases involving the Department and provides legal advice concerning litigation risk, pre- and post-litigation policy decisions, and antitrust issues. The Office works with the Offices of the Chief Counsels of the various DOT...

Austrian Airlines 2007-5-8

This order concerns violations by Austrian Airlines (Austrian) of the requirement of CFR Part 382 (Part 382), with respect to filing annual reports detailing disability-related complaints that the foreign air carrier received from passengers in calendar year 2004 and 2005.

This order concerns violations by Austrian Airlines (Austrian) of the requirement of CFR Part 382 (Part 382), with respect to filing annual reports detailing disability-related complaints that the foreign air carrier received from passengers in calendar year 2004 and 2005.