FMCSA announces registration enforcement rule

| 9/6/2002

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced an interim final rule to require states to place interstate motor carriers out of service and assess penalties for not properly registering with the FMCSA as a for-hire carrier of passengers or freight.

Motor carriers placed out of service may have a hearing within 10 days of the order to contest the out-of-service charge.

The rule requires all states, as a condition of receiving Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP) funds, to place out of service any vehicles discovered operating without registration or proper operating authority. MCSAP funds provide states with money for roadside inspections and safety programs under federal grants.

Interstate carriers now submit a Form MCS-150, or a Motor Carrier Identification Report to the FMCSA. For-hire carriers must also apply for appropriate operating authority and file the required forms.

The rule responds to requirements of the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999, which required FMCSA to enforce motor carrier registration requirements and assess noncompliance penalties. FMCSA want comments on the rule by Oct. 28, 2002. Comments may be submitted electronically at