UCR filings: Don't do it yet, and here's why

By Sandi Soendker, Land Line editor-in-chief | 9/22/2017

Yes, it’s time for many trucking businesses to think about paying UCR fees, but there are probable fee reductions afoot. That’s why OOIDA says it would be smart to wait.

It’s late in the year, but FMCSA has finally published their proposal to establish reduced “UCR” fees. The Unified Carrier Registration program is an annual, federally mandated, state-administered registration program for motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders.

Details were published Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the “Federal Register.” If the agency approves, the fees for 2018 would be reduced by 9.10 percent and for 2019 by 4.55 percent.

OOIDA is recommending to its members that UCR filings not be submitted to their state or to the Indiana repository until the FMCSA approves the 2018 fees, or else that payment will be wrong and you’ll likely overpay.

Each year the UCR Board is required to recommend the fee to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The FMCSA accepts the recommendation, publishes it in the “Federal Register,” accepts comments and then gives the green light to UCR to print the registration form using the approved fee.

On March 22 of this year, the UCR Board sent the agency its letter of recommended fees for 2018, incorporating a reduction of fees.   

After lengthy inaction, the agency is now requesting comments, which must be received within 10 days of the Sept. 20 date of publication.

If you want to comment on the fee reduction, submit them to Docket Number FMCSA-2017-0118 by going online to www.regulations.gov or mail to Docket Management Facility, U.S. DOT, 1200 New Jersey Ave., SE, Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, D.C. 20590-0001. Comments may also be faxed to 202-493-2251.

Registration normally opens Oct. 1, and must be paid by Dec. 31. At the Sept. 14 meeting of the UCR Board, it was reported that FMCSA has not yet decided on the fee structure or taken steps required to finalize the new fee chart. In view of this delay, the Board voted to extend the Oct. 1 opening date another 30 days.

The date to begin filing 2018 registrations and the deadline for paying the 2018 fee has been extended until Nov. 1. 
No extensions have yet been recommended to delay the final filing date of Dec. 31 or enforcement date of Jan. 1, 2018.

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