After two years working on the creation of a new, better interstate registration plan, success is on the horizon. The FMCSA has issued final regulations establishing the fees for the new program known as the Unified Carrier Registration plan that will replace the old Single State Registration System
The fee schedule was finalized on Aug. 27 and last week, the new UCR system was adopted. Monday, Sept. 10, has been designated as a commencement date for registration.
The UCR Agreement developed by the UCR plan is the interstate agreement governing the collection and distribution of registration and financial responsibility information provided and fees paid not only by motor carriers, but private carriers, brokers, freight forwarders and leasing companies.
OOIDA Director of Regulatory Affairs Rick Craig is one of the five trucking industry representatives who serve on the 15-member UCR Board of Directors. Craig explained that by spreading around the costs, the new system lowers fees for interstate haulers without cutting into the revenue that states use for highway maintenance and transportation programs.
UCR is a plan that will have a fee structure that goes from the old per-truck basis to a per-carrier basis and will be the same for all member states. Truckers will no longer have to pick and choose states, as they do with the Single State Registration System. One fee will cover all states.
On the UCR bandwagon in ’07 are 34 of the 38 states that participated in the SSRS last year.
Carriers, freight forwarders, leasing companies and brokers based in Canada or Mexico and operate in interstate or international commerce in the United States are subject to the UCR Agreement and must register through one of the participating states.
Companies will be able to register their fleets, beginning Sept. 10, via the Internet, by mail or by visiting the appropriate agency in their home state.
“Motor carriers should be getting notices on how you can participate,” Craig said. “States who are participants should be sending letters. If you don’t get a letter, you can still register online and if all else fails, through the Indiana state portal online.”
Craig said the UCR Board suggested that states should not begin enforcement any sooner than Nov. 15, 2007.
The proposed fee schedule will raise money to replace SSRS revenues and to pay for administrative costs. The proposed schedule is:
- 0 to 2 units – including trailers – as well as brokers and leasing companies, $39;
- 3 to 5 units, $116;
- 6 to 20 units, $231;
- 21 to 100 units, $806;
- 101 to 1,000 units, $3,840; and
- Motor carriers with 1,001 or more units, $37,500.
– By Sandi Soendker, managing editor