The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced a new rule that reduces annual fees for truck drivers that are required to take part in the Unified Carrier Registration Plan (UCR). The UCR Plan requires motor carrier operators that engage in interstate commercial transportation to file an annual application and pay an annual fee. The fees can vary from year to year and are determined according to the number of motor vehicles you report on the last MCS-150 form that is submitted to the FMCSA.
The new rule decreases the fee levels by 9.1 percent for 2018. The reduction in fees was recommended by the UCR Board of Directors in response to higher than expected fee collections in the last few years. The fees will be reduced by 4.55 percent starting in 2019; this reduction level will remain in effect for subsequent years in order to ensure that revenue from fees does not exceed the cap level stated in the statutes.
The following groups are required to register for the UCR Plan and pay the fee:
· Motor carriers
· Motor private carriers
· Freight forwarders
· Leasing companies.
For the purposes of the UCR, the definition of a commercial motor vehicle is a vehicle that is self-propelled and used on roadways in commerce, primarily to transport passengers or cargo, as long as the vehicle meets the following criteria.
1. Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of at least 10,001 pounds, whichever is greater.
2. Is designed to transport more than 10 passengers, including the driver; or
3. Is used in transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placarding.
As of January 5, 2018, registrations can be submitted on the United Carrier Registration System website. Usually, the UCR mandate is enforced starting January 1st. This year, participating states were asked to delay registration for 90 days pending release of the new rule. For this reason, the UCR registration and fee remittance will not be enforced until April 5, 2018.
For more information about the new UCR ruling, visit the Federal Register Docket Number FMCSA-2017-0118.
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