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06/17/2013 Unified Carrier Registration

From UCR FAQs


QUESTION:
If a carrier failed to register for UCR during 2011 but has registered for 2012, how should a violation for failing to register in 2011 be written?

Should it be one single violation for the entire year?

Should it be a separate violation for every day in which the company was operationalregardless of whether or not a load was transported in commerce?

Should it be a separate violation for every day of the year that the company was operational and transported a load and if so, would it matter if the load was an interstate or intrastate load?


ANSWER:
Violations of UCR for prior years are entirely dependent upon an individual state's laws.

Register for 2010 Past Year UCR Online Now
or Call (888) 414-1874 to Register by Phone.


The Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Program is a Federally-mandated, annual state-administered registration program that replaced Single State Registration.

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, West Virginia

 


Register for 2010 Georgia INTRAstate UCR Online Now
(Operating solely within GA)


Register for 2011 Georgia INTRAstate UCR Online Now
(Operating solely within GA)


Register for 2012 Georgia INTRAstate UCR Online Now
(Operating solely within GA)

Motor carriers, motor private carriers, freight forwarders, leasing companies and brokers based in the United States, Canada, Mexico, or any other country that operate in interstate or international commerce in the United States must register under the UCR program. For the for-hire carriers, UCR replaced the Single State Registration System (SSRS) program. SSRS was not renewed for 2007. The UCR program is similar to SSRS in that UCR is a Base-State system, under which a carrier pays UCR fees through its Base State on behalf of all participating states.

Entities not required to register under the UCR program include:

1. USDOT registrants (usually owner-operators that do not have interstate authority) under the PRISM program.
2. Purely intrastate carriers, that is, those that do not transport interstate freight or cross state lines. 

UCR fees are based on the total number of vehicles operated by a carrier. Note: effective April 28, 2010, the UCR Board of Directors has changed the state UCR fee schedule that was in effect for 2007, 2008 & 2009. Trailers are no longer counted as vehicles. The number of commercial motor vehicles for purposes of determining carrier UCR fees is the number of self-propelled commercial motor vehicles the carrier reported in the most recent Form MCS-150 filed with the FMCSA. Carriers must update their MCS-150 record at least every two years. You can call DOTAuthority.com at (888) 414-1874 to update your record. 

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Our 2010-13 UCR Fee Schedule (effective 4/30/10)*

0-2 vehicles............... $187 fee
3-5 vehicles............... $358 fee
6-20 vehicles.............. $614 fee
21-100 vehicles............ $1876 fee
101-1000 vehicles.......... $8061 fee
Over 1000?
Call 888 414 1874

Freight broker/leasing co...$187 fee

NOTE: orders are processed in the order they are received. Additional expedite and emergency UCR available at check out.



Registrants will be issued a receipt for the fees paid based on the total number of vehicles indicated on the UCR application. This receipt expires December 31st. The issued receipt need NOT be carried in vehicles nor displayed by the carrier in any manner. Registration will be vaildated by way of its linkage to your DOT/MC Number. Normally, Federal Law requires registration by December 31. The recent moratorium on 2010 enforcement expired on July 15, 2010. It is recommended DOTAuthority.com clients register IMMEDIATELY to avoid penalties that may be issued once now that enforcement has begun. 

Register for 2010 Past Year UCR Online Now

Order 2011 UCR Online Now


*Fee charged is a combined UCR state fee and a third-party processing fee that covers all internal costs including Internet advertising, our credit card processing, instant access and usage fees imposed by the UCR Board of Directors, based on the final fee schedule that went into effect on April 28, 2010. We do not charge our customers credit card surcharges; we absorb the UCR Board's instant access and usage fees. Fee is the same whether you pay by credit card, money order or check. Includes state fees of $76 (0-2); $227 (3-5); $452 (6-20); $1,576 (21-100); $7,511 (101-1000).

The Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Program is a Federally-mandated, state-administered program that first went into effect on September 10, 2007. UCR normally applies to INTERstate carriers. However, the State of Georgia charges an annual UCR fee based on the number of vehicles operating solely within the state of Georgia (INTRAstate). Use this form ONLY if you operate within state only. If you ever leave the state, visit www.dotauthority.com/ucr.htm for the INTERstate UCR form. GA INTRAstate UCR fees are based on the total number of vehicles operated by a carrier. Note: effective February 2010, the GA state fee has changed. The number of commercial motor vehicles for purposes of determining carrier UCR fees is the number of self-propelled commercial motor vehicles the carrier reported in the most recent Form MCS-150 filed with the FMCSA. Carriers must update their MCS-150 record at least every two years. You can call DOTAuthority.com at (888) 414-1874 to update your record or if you have questions about UCR. Normal processing at no additional cost. Orders processed in the order they are received. Expedited filings available. Registrants will be issued a receipt for the fees paid based on the total number of vehicles indicated on the GA INTRAstate UCR application. This receipt expires December 31, 2012. The issued receipt need NOT be carried in vehicles nor displayed by the carrier in any manner. Registration will be validated by way of its linkage to your DOT/MCA Numbers. *Fee charged through this site is a combined GA INTRAstate UCR fee of up to $25 per vehicle plus a third-party processing fee that covers all internal costs including Internet advertising and credit card processing, based on the state's final fee schedule. We do not charge our customers credit card surcharges. Fee is the same whether you pay by credit card, money order or check. A vehicle is defined as a self-propelled power unit so a tractor-trailer combination counts as 1 vehicle. 

SAFERENEW

In the event the client opts to participate in the automatic UCR SafeRenew renewal program, the client understands that it may cancel the upcoming renewal on or before September 30 by writing to support@dotauthority.com. Any client still in our UCR SafeRenew database as of October 1st, will be charged for the renewal and cannot cancel until the following year.

 

 


05/21/2013 FMCSA Declares Five Vehicles Operated by Atlanta-based Greene Classic Limousines to be Imminent Haza

FMCSA Declares Five Vehicles Operated by Atlanta-based Greene Classic Limousines to be Imminent Hazards to Public Safety

Company ordered to immediately cease transporting passengers in identified vehicles

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered five vehicles operated by Atlanta-based Greene Classic Limousines to be placed immediately out of service. Specially trained FMCSA investigators found that the vehicles had such significant structural and mechanical defects that they pose an imminent hazard to public safety.

“Our investigators are sending a message to motor carriers across the country as part of our strikeforce to improve bus safety,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “We demand to have safe motor carriers, safe commercial drivers and safe commercial vehicles. We will not compromise on safety.”

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As part of FMCSA’s continuing “Operation Quick Strike” nationwide sweep of “high-risk” passenger carriers, federal investigators found that Greene Classic Limousines was operating five of 16 vehicles in dangerous conditions that exceeded the manufacturer’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) limit. Investigators found that the consistent operation of these vehicles above the GVWR caused damage to both structural and mechanical control components that could result in a crash.

“What a bus or truck looks like on the outside does not reveal its mechanical safety,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “Failing to adhere to manufacturers’ specifications and disregarding maintenance and repair can be as dangerous as speeding, texting while driving, or any unsafe driver behavior. Our Quick Strike teams will continue their intensified scrutiny of passenger carrier operations, their drivers and their vehicles.”

During their investigation, FMCSA investigators found the company failed to follow federal requirements for the inspection, repair and maintenance of the five identified vehicles. Investigators also found the company failed to consistently check drivers’ vehicle inspection reports. As a result of these deficiencies in its maintenance program, the company allowed the five vehicles to deteriorate to the point that they needed to be put out of operation immediately.

A copy of the imminent hazard out-of-service order can be viewed atwww.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/about/news/2013/GreeneClassicLimousines.pdf.

As part of FMCSA's work to make safety data readily available to the traveling public, the SaferBus mobile app gives bus riders a quick and free way to review a bus company's safety record before buying a ticket or booking group travel. The SaferBus app, available for iPhone, iPad and Android phone users, can be downloaded for free by visiting FMCSA's "Look Before You Book" webpage at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/saferbus.

Travelers planning a bus trip are also encouraged to think safety first before buying a ticket or chartering a bus by using FMCSA's multilingual passenger carrier safety checklist at: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety-security/pcs/Index.aspx.

FMCSA urges consumers and whistleblowers to report any unsafe bus company, vehicle or driver to the agency through a toll free hotline 1-888-DOT-SAFT (1-888-368-7238) or FMCSA's consumer complaint web site:http://nccdb.fmcsa.dot.gov/HomePage.asp.

Consumers who bought a ticket on a bus company that FMCSA has recently placed out-of-service may be entitled to a credit from their credit card company under the Fair Credit Billing Act if they paid for the ticket by credit card. For more information visit: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety-security/pcs/bus-credit-refund.aspx.

05/14/2013 FMCSA Seeks Comments on Part II of the National Registry of Medical Examiners

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced today a proposed rule to allow state and federal enforcement officials to easily share and view the most current and accurate information about a commercial motor vehicle driver's medical certification status. The proposal would require certified medical examiners performing physical examinations on drivers of commercial motor vehicles to use a newly developed medical examination report form, and to use a new form for the medical examiner's certificate (MEC). In addition, certified medical examiners would be required to electronically report to FMCSA the results of all completed commercial drivers' physical examinations, including the results of any examination where the driver was found not to be qualified, CarLoadboard.com allows its members to rate another company for each load transaction. We encourage you to write candid reviews, whether positive or negative. Note: Any profanity or slanderous remarks will be deleted from the system. Please follow our site’s terms and conditions policy when using any part of the system. by close of business on the day of the examination using the new form. FMCSA would make the MEC information for interstate commercial driver's license (CDL) holders available to the state driver licensing agencies only as part of the integration of the medical certification and the CDL issuance and renewal process. This proposal is a follow-on rule to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners rule published on April 20, 2012 and the medical certification requirements as part of the CDL rule published on Dec. 1, 2008. Comments on the proposed rule are due by July 9, 2013. For more information, visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov.

05/13/2013 U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, FMCSA Administrator Ferro Meet with Motorcoach Safety Repr

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne S. Ferro today met with a broad-based group of motorcoach representatives as part of the department’s continuing and unprecedented efforts to improve the safety and oversight of the motorcoach industry and inform the public about safe motorcoach travel.  

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“Safety is our highest priority and we are committed to keeping those who do not follow our safety rules off the road,” said Secretary LaHood.  “Today’s announcement builds on the recent steps we have taken to create one standard of safety for all passenger travel.” 

Over the last two months, FMCSA has shut down 15 passenger carriers.  Seven were declared imminent hazards and eight were rated “unsatisfactory” following safety compliance reviews. During the same time period, FMCSA and its state enforcement partners have conducted more than 13,500 roadside inspections, resulting in nearly 1,500 driver and vehicle out-of-service violations being issued.   

On March 28, Secretary LaHood wrote to the governors of each state to urge their active participation in improving bus safety through stepped-up traffic enforcement to combat dangerous driving behaviors and outreach to their residents on choosing safe operators for their next motorcoach trip.

On April 4, Administrator Ferro contacted thousands of motorcoach executives across the country to inform them of the FMCSA’s intensified safety enforcement and to seek their active support of this passenger safety initiative. 

FMCSA has also reached out to the International Association of Chiefs of Police to engage its state and local members in increasing traffic enforcement of motorcoaches to strengthen safety on our roadways. 

“Through our stepped-up oversight of motorcoach companies and expanding outreach to consumers, the department will continue to raise the bar on motorcoach safety,” said Administrator Ferro.  “Our work with the law enforcement community and our diverse stakeholders is to make passenger safety everyone’s number one priority and to prevent needless tragedies.”

As part of FMCSA’s work to make safety data readily available to the traveling public, the SaferBus mobile app gives bus riders a quick and free way to review a bus company's safety record before buying a ticket or booking group travel.  The SaferBus app, available for iPhone, iPad and Android phone users, can be downloaded for free by visiting FMCSA's "Look Before You Book" webpage at www.fmcsa.dot.gov/saferbus.

Travelers planning a bus trip are also encouraged to think safety first before buying a ticket or chartering a bus by using FMCSA’s multilingual passenger carrier safety checklist at: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety-security/pcs/Index.aspx

FMCSA urges consumers and CarLoadBoard.com leading auto transport loadboard on the world wide web.  whistleblowers to report any unsafe bus company, vehicle or driver to the agency through a toll free hotline 1-888-DOT-SAFT (1-888-368-7238) or FMCSA's consumer complaint web site:http://nccdb.fmcsa.dot.gov/HomePage.asp.

As to bus companies that FMCSA has recently placed out of service, consumers who paid for their ticket by credit card may be entitled to a credit from their credit card company under the Fair Credit Billing Act.  For more information visit: http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety-security/pcs/bus-credit-refund.aspx

05/09/2013 U.S. Department of Transportation Orders Ohio Bus Company to Cease Interstate Operations

U.S. Department of Transportation Orders Ohio Bus Company to Cease Interstate Operations

FMCSA finds company operated without proper registration

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today ordered Toledo, Ohio-based Destiny Tours to immediately cease all interstate passenger transportation service for failing to obtain proper federal operating authority.

"We are going to continue to use every tool we have to ensure bus companies comply with federal regulations,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Bus companies that attempt to dodge safety regulations by not properly registering have no place on our nation’s roadways."

A review of company CarLoadBoard.com, auto loadboard, transportation load board, transport vehicles, records by FMCSA investigators found that Destiny Tours had, on five occasions, operated in interstate commerce without obtaining proper federal authority and beyond the scope of its registration. The investigation also found that the company owner, Derrick Jones, served as the driver of the vehicle in each of the unauthorized interstate operations.

"FMCSA regulations exist for one reason: to protect the traveling public,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne S. Ferro. “Company owners are required to know the safety regulations. If they willfully fail to adhere, they will be shut down on the spot."

A copy of the out-of-service order and record consolidation order can be viewed atwww.fmcsa.dot.gov/documents/about/news/2013/DestinyTours.pdf.

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