UCR officials look to collect unpaid fees as UCR Registration opens October 1 for the 2022 UCR registration year (fees will remain the same as 2021).
The Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) plan was created in 2005 to collect fees from interstate motor carriers, private carriers of property, brokers, freight forwarders and leasing companies to offer more than $100 million in safety enforcement programs annually to the participating states.
The program requires ALL carriers (private, exempt, or for-hire) to register their business with a participating state and pay an annual fee that is based on the size of their fleet. Brokers, freight forwarders, and leasing companies also are required to register and pay a fee, unless they are also operating as a motor carrier.
Out of the 44,000 motor carriers who have not registered or paid fees with the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) plan, there are an estimated 35,000 unregistered carriers from the nine nonparticipating states, which include:
- New Jersey
These states that do not participate in the program must enforce UCR requirements for carriers domiciled in those states with DOT numbers.
The UCR board authorized three pilot projects that call for hiring a private contractor to contact, attempt to register and collect unpaid fees to raise funds for the plan.
Avelino Gutierrez, executive director of the UCR Plan, “the plan is to have one contractor full-time equivalent contact the motor carriers — about 50 a day — starting with those with the highest number of power units and moving to those with lower numbers of power units, to be more efficient in our return.”
The three pilot programs to collect fees include:
- focusing on around 5,600 new carrier entrants in nonparticipating states who have failed to register, which could raise up to $383,000
- targeting motor carriers who have received a violation for not registering, which is around 3,500 motor carriers each year
- contacting motor carriers that report power units that contradicts the number of power units declared on their MCS-150
Currently, none of the new pilots would be focused on brokers or freight forwarders, officials said.
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