Unified Carrier Registration Training Guide Revised 4-2010
Disclaimer: The information provided here is based on the informal interpretation of the Unified Carrier Registration Act of 2005 (“UCR Act”) and is subject to further interpretation by the UCR Board.
Sections • Definitions • Who Files under the UCR Program • Filing Requirements • Determining the Base State • How are Fees Used by the States • Calculation of the Total Number of Vehicles • Calculation of Fees • Lease Operations • State Review of an UCR Application • What Happens when Fleet Size Changes • Affect on Intrastate Regulation • Enforcement • Enforcement Scenarios You may click on any item and go to that section.
Definitions Return to Section Listing
Broker • A person, other than a motor carrier or an employee or agent of a motor carrier, that as a principal or agent sells, offers for sale, negotiates for, or holds itself out by solicitation, advertisement, or otherwise as selling, providing, or arranging for, transportation by motor carrier for compensation. Note: This definition was changed by a corrections bill to SAFETEA-LU June 2008 that deleted the word commercial as defined in section 31132.
Combination Operations When a company has more than one type of operation, the following will apply: • Any combination of a brokers, freight forwarders and leasing companies (not combined with a motor carrier entity) file and pay the lowest tier fee. • When multiple operations include motor carrier operations, the company files as a motor carrier or motor private carrier.
Commercial Motor Vehicle • Self-propelled vehicle used on the highways in commerce principally to transport passengers or cargo, if the vehicle: (1) Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross vehicle weight of at least 10,001 pounds, whichever is greater; • Is designed to transport more than 10 passengers including the driver; or (3) Is used in transporting material found by the Secretary of Transportation to be hazardous under 49 U.S.C. Section 5103 and transported in a quantity requiring placarding under regulations prescribed by the Secretary. Note: For the registration year 2010, this definition in section 31101 was changed to exclude the words “or towed” after self-propelled.
Freight Forwarder • An individual or company (other than as a pipeline, rail, motor, or water carrier) that receives shipments and combines them for transportation by a pipeline, rail, motor, or water carrier.
Leasing Company • A lessor that is engaged in the business of leasing or renting for compensation motor vehicles without drivers to a motor carrier, motor private carrier, or freight forwarder.
Motor Carrier • A person providing motor vehicle transportation for compensation.
Motor Private Carrier • A person, other than a motor carrier, transporting property by motor vehicle when— (A) the transportation is as provided in section 13501 of this title; (B) the person is the owner, lessee, or bailee of the property being transported; and (C) the property is being transported for sale, lease, rent, or bailment or to further a commercial enterprise. Note: This definition does not include passengers.
Principal Place of Business • A single office or terminal designated by the company ; • Serves as the principal place of business; • Must be a location where the company is engaged in business operations and where it maintains or can make available its business and safety records; • May not be any location where the company is not engaged in business operations related to the transportation of persons or property; • Post office box centers or commercial courier service establishments may not be designated; • May not designate the office of a consultant, service agent, or attorney as the motor carrier's principal place of business if the company is not engaged in operations related to the transportation of persons or property at that location; • A company with a single place of business may designate only its actual place of business as the principal place of business.
Who Files Under the UCR Program Return to Section Listing
Motor carriers; • Motor private carriers in interstate or international commerce; • Brokers; • Freight forwarders; and • Leasing companies. Note: Includes companies located in other countries operating through the states. See exceptions in the UCR Question and Answer document.
Filing Requirements Return to Section Listing
What is required annually? • Filing of an UCR Application • Payment of UCR Fees
Determining the Base State Return to Section Listing
A. Applicant registers in their principal place of business state if that state is a participating states. Note: Participating States are AK, AL, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NM, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI or, WV
B. If the applicant is not located in a participating state, they may register in a participating state where they have an office or operating facility. C. If a participating state is geographically close to the your company’s principal place of business you may select that state.
How are Fees Used by the States Return to Section Listing
UCR fees replaced the fees lost by the states with the elimination of the SSRS, Interstate exempt and combination operations renewals. • The same amount of fees collected by a state must be shown to be spent by that state for safety. • Many states use the UCR fee as a state match for MCSAP activities.
Calculation of the Total Number of Vehicles Return to Section Listing
Step 1. Carrier must choose the methodof determining the number of motor vehicles for payment of fees: • Method 1. Number commercial motor vehicles reported on the last MCS-150; or • Method 2. Total number of commercial motor vehicles owned or operated for the 12-month period ending June 30 of the year immediately prior to registration.
Line 1, Section 4 of the Application • Method 1. Section 26 of MCS-150 Form • Column A. Total Straight Trucks, Truck Tractors and Hazmat Cargo Tank Trucks reported as owned, term leased or trip leased.
Line 1, Section 4 of the Application • Method 1. Section 26 of MCS-150 Form • Column C. Number of motor coaches, school buses, mini-buses, vans and limousines reported as owned, term leased or trip leased.
Line 1, Section 4 of the Application • Method 2. From company’s records • Column A. Total Straight Trucks, Truck Tractors and Hazmat Cargo Tank Trucks owned, term leased or trip leased during the twelve month period. • Column C. Number of motor coaches, school buses, mini-buses, vans and limousines owned, term leased or trip leased during the 12 month period. • Note: Registration year 2010 will look at 12 month period ending June 30, 2009.
Line 2, Section 4 of the Application • Subtracting Vehicles • The number of vehicles on Line 1 in Column C that has a vehicle capacity of 10 or less passengers, including the driver. • (Optional) The number of vehicles that is used only in intrastate commerce.
Line 3, Section 4 of the Application • Adding Vehicles (Optional) • Commercial motor vehicles operating solely in intrastate commerce. • Used in commerce to transport passengers or property for compensation and have a GVWR or GVW of 10,000 lbs or less, or a passenger capacity of 10 or less, including the driver.
Calculation of Fees Return to Section Listing
Section 5 – Fee Table for Year 2010 Number of Vehicles Amount Due $76 0 - 2 $227 3 - 5 6 - 20 $452 $1,576 21 - 1 00 $7,511 101 - 1000 $73,346 1001 or more
Lease Operations Return to Section Listing
Who reports leased vehicles? • The lessee or motor carrier includes these vehicles where the duration of the lease if over 30 days in length.
State Review of an UCR Application Return to Section Listing
Application is complete • Section 1, General Information 1 has been completed identifying the applicant. • Section 2, Classification has at least one category has been checked. • Section 3 completed if Section 2 indicates the applicant is a broker, freight forwarder or leasing company. • Section 4. Once of the boxes need to be checked to indicate how the number of motor vehicles is being computed.
Application is complete (Continued) • Line1, Section 4, Information completed to get a total in column D. • Line 4, Section 4, “Total Number of Vehicles” has been calculated correctly. • Section 6, Fees Due has been calculated correctly. • Section 7, Certification has been completed.
Other items that may be verified at time of review • Verification of whether the company needs to file by checking • USDOT number is active or not OOS • Company Operation as shown on MCS-150 is not a registrant or intrastate only • Verification of broker or carrier’s federal operating authority is active • Prior year payment of fees have been completed if needed • Company has filed in its correct base state
What Happens when Fleet Size Changes Return to Section Listing
Scenario 1– Decrease in fleet size that occurred after the company filed its MCS-150 form. • Companies who have vehicles that have been wrecked or no longer in the fleet are not required to make any additional filing and cannot request a refund of fees paid for those vehicles. • Prior to the filing and payment of fees for a renewal for the next registration period, the company may file an updated MCS-150 form decreasing the number of vehicles previously reported.
Scenario 2– Increase in fleet size that occurred after the company filed its MCS-150 form. • Companies who have added vehicles during the current registration period are not required to pay additional fees for that registration year. • Prior to the filing of a renewal and payment of fees for the next registration period, the company may file an updated MCS-150 form increasing the number of vehicles previously reported. • Note: The company is required to update its MCS-150 form every two years or every year if the company has a business location in a PRISM state.
Is the UCR registrant required to carry a credential on the vehicle? • No. The registrants may carry the copy of the payment receipt in the vehicle if desired.
Affect on Intrastate Regulation Return to Section Listing
Intrastate Only Operations • The UCR Act does not affect a State’s regulation of intrastate only carriers that do not handle interstate freight or provide interstate transportation.
Intrastate and Interstate Operations • A State may still require an interstate carrier initially applying for intrastate authority to prove it has insurance coverage and charge it an initial application fee. • A state cannot require an annual renewal of the intrastate authority if the motor carrier or motor private carrier is registered under section 13902 or section 13905(b) except for motor carriers transporting non charter passenger service, waste or recyclable materials, non-consensual tows or household goods. Note: A State cannot require an annual payment for vehicles used purely in intrastate commerce that are deleted on the UCR form except as noted above.
Enforcement Return to Section Listing
How will state agencies and the public know the registrant is compliant? • SAFER System at www.safersys.org • Publicly accessed compliance data, or • Inspection Selection System (ISS).