[USC02] 49 USC 5124: Criminal penalty
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49 USC 5124: Criminal penalty Text contains those laws in effect on November 13, 2019
From Title 49-TRANSPORTATIONSUBTITLE III-GENERAL AND INTERMODAL PROGRAMSCHAPTER 51-TRANSPORTATION OF HAZARDOUS MATERIAL

§5124. Criminal penalty

(a) In General.-A person knowingly violating section 5104(b) or willfully or recklessly violating this chapter or a regulation, order, special permit, or approval issued under this chapter shall be fined under title 18, imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both; except that the maximum amount of imprisonment shall be 10 years in any case in which the violation involves the release of a hazardous material that results in death or bodily injury to any person.

(b) Knowing Violations.-For purposes of this section-

(1) a person acts knowingly when-

(A) the person has actual knowledge of the facts giving rise to the violation; or

(B) a reasonable person acting in the circumstances and exercising reasonable care would have that knowledge; and


(2) knowledge of the existence of a statutory provision, or a regulation or a requirement required by the Secretary, is not an element of an offense under this section.


(c) Willful Violations.-For purposes of this section, a person acts willfully when-

(1) the person has knowledge of the facts giving rise to the violation; and

(2) the person has knowledge that the conduct was unlawful.


(d) Reckless Violations.-For purposes of this section, a person acts recklessly when the person displays a deliberate indifference or conscious disregard to the consequences of that person's conduct.

( Pub. L. 103–272, §1(d), July 5, 1994, 108 Stat. 781 ; Pub. L. 109–59, title VII, §7121, Aug. 10, 2005, 119 Stat. 1906 .)

Historical and Revision Notes
Revised

Section

Source (U.S. Code)Source (Statutes at Large)
5124 49 App.:1809(b). Jan. 3, 1975, Pub. L. 93–633, §110(b), 88 Stat. 2161 ; restated Nov. 16, 1990, Pub. L. 101–615, §12(b), 104 Stat. 3259 .

Amendments

2005-Pub. L. 109–59 reenacted section catchline without change and amended text generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: "A person knowingly violating section 5104(b) of this title or willfully violating this chapter or a regulation prescribed or order issued under this chapter shall be fined under title 18, imprisoned for not more than 5 years, or both."