Truckers who have their own authority are facing a tighter
deadline to resolve insurance issues before the FMCSA revokes their authority.
In a notice issued Dec. 16, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration announced the change for carriers – including truckers with
their own authority – who fail to have sufficient levels of insurance on file.
“The current process takes at least 66 days,” according to
the FMCSA notice. “The new 33-day process will only allow a carrier to hold
operating authority without insurance reflected on our licensing and insurance
database for up to three days.”
The FMCSA revocation decisions will be tied to its
enforcement program, which will focus on the operations of uninsured carriers.
“This improvement will further ensure that the public is
adequately protected in case of a motor carrier crash,” the notice said.
The new procedure for revoking operating authority includes
first notice will go out three days after the FMCSA receives notification
from an insurance company that the carrier’s policy will be canceled in 30
days. The notice will inform carriers or owner-operators that they must
provide evidence that they are in compliance with FMCSA’s insurance
regulations within 30 days.
carriers or owner-operators with their own authority do not comply with
the insurance requirements in 30 days, a final decision revoking their
authority will be issued.