UCR fees, registration plan take effect

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued final rules establishing fees for the new Unified Carrier Registration program, which replaces the single-state registration system. The fee schedule was completed August 27, and registration was set to begin September 10.

The UCR Agreement developed by the UCR plan is the interstate agreement for collecting and distributing registration and financial responsibility information provided and fees paid not only by motor carriers, but also private carriers, brokers, freight forwarders, and leasing companies.

UCR has a fee structure that switches from the old per-truck basis to a per-carrier basis and will be the same for all member states. Truckers no longer have to pick and choose states, as they did with the old system. One fee will cover all states.

Carriers, freight forwarders, leasing firms, and brokers based in Canada or Mexico that operate in interstate or international commerce in the United States are subject to the UCR Agreement and must register through a participating state.

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