Hot on the heels of an announcement from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration saying states could collect UCR fees at the 2009 rate, the UCR Board of Directors voted to prohibit early collection.
In an apparent move to indulge a few states that didn’t want to wait around for the 2010 UCR fees to be approved, FMCSA published a notice in the Federal Register that gave states permission to go ahead and collect fees at the 2009 rates. That would have meant truckers in states that opted to move forward on collecting those fees would have gotten a second bill for the balance due once the 2010 fees were approved.
However, just nine days after FMCSA gave states the go ahead, the UCR Board of Directors voted 9-1 to prohibit the collection of any fees until the 2010 structure is approved, according to OOIDA General Vice President Woody Chambers.
Chambers is expected to be named to the UCR Board as a small-motor carrier representative and is currently attending the teleconference board meetings for the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.
Avelino Gutierrez, the UCR chairman of the board, made a motion that states be prohibited from collecting 2010 UCR fees until the FMCSA publishes the fee structure in the final rule. That motion was seconded and passed on a 9-1 vote according to Chambers.
According to Chambers, the UCR Board has full authority to pass such a mandate and block collection of the fees.
FMCSA has begun the final stages of the 2010 UCR fee approval process. The fees are now at the White House Office of Management and Budget. FMCSA anticipates approval of the fees in June with the final rule announcing the fees being published in the Federal Register sometime in mid-June.
While the fees submitted to OMB were not disclosed to the public, the recommended fee structure previously published to the Federal Register is as follows:
- 0-1 truck – $83
- 2-5 trucks – $166
- 6-20 trucks – $497
- 21-100 trucks – $1,741
- 101-1,000 trucks – $8,373
- 1,001 or more trucks – $82,983
– By Jami Jones, senior editor