Although the Unified Carrier Registration board announced months ago that hard enforcement was a sure thing on Jan. 1, 2013, and there would be no exceptions – that has now changed.
The UCR requires individuals and companies that operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate or international commerce to register their business and pay an annual fee based on the size of their fleet. Those fees are now due, and compliance is routinely verified during roadside inspections.
Normally, there is a 30-day “soft enforcement” period – and on Feb. 1 of each year, the serious enforcement begins. In 2012, the UCR board voted to do away with the soft enforcement and begin hard enforcement Jan. 1. According to OOIDA General Vice President Woody Chambers, who serves on the UCR board representing owner-operator carriers, hard enforcement has now been delayed until Feb. 1.
The repository and national online pay site for the UCR registrations is maintained by the state of Indiana. They notify the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration when a motor carrier has paid the fee.
Chambers said at the end of December, the Indiana Department of Revenue notified the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance that a mysterious problem was preventing the uploading of 2013 registrations to from the Indiana system to the FMCSA. This problem makes it impossible for state motor carrier enforcement to know which trucking companies have paid and which are scofflaws. A delay was recommended.
On Jan. 1, CVSA issued a bulletin to enforcement personnel verifying that roadside enforcement would not be effective until Feb. 1, 2013. According to the Indiana Department of Revenue’s Deputy Commissioner Jim Poe, if the problem is not fixed soon and another delay is necessary, the UCR board will be asked to vote on a new recommended enforcement date.
The following 41 states currently participate: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
If you are a member of OOIDA and have questions or need assistance paying your UCR fee, call the Permitting and Licensing Department at OOIDA’s Business Services Department at 800-444-5791.
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