UCR Fees to Decline by 9% in 2024, FMCSA Says

Original article published by Transport Topics

Reductions Would Range From $4 to $3,453 per Entity

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Fees for Unified Carrier Registration Plan participants in 2024 will be reduced by approximately 9% compared with 2023 fees, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced March 16.

FMCSA proposed that the fees for property motor carriers, brokers, freight forwarders and leasing companies be reduced by between $4 and $3,453 per entity, depending on the number of vehicles owned and/or operated by the affected entities.

The 2024 Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) fees will be reduced for companies with up to two power units to $37. For companies with 1,001 or more power units, fees will drop to $35,836.

The 41 states participating in the UCR agreement collect fees from participants. The UCR Plan and agreement is administered by a 15-member UCR board of directors — 14 appointed from the participating states and the industry, plus the deputy administrator of FMCSA.

Revenue collected is allocated to the participating states and the UCR Plan.

The UCR board provides fee adjustment recommendations to the Transportation Secretary when revenue collections result in a shortfall or surplus from the amount authorized by statute. If there are excess funds after payments to the states and for administrative costs, they are retained in the UCR Plan’s depository, and fees in subsequent fee years must be reduced as required by regulation.

Created by Congress in 2005, the UCR Plan and the 41 states participating in the UCR agreement establish and collect the fees and then dish out the more than $100 million in safety enforcement programs annually to the participating states.

UCR map

UCR Plan participating states (ucr.gov)

The fee adjustments are authorized by federal regulation because the total revenue collected for previous registration years has exceeded the maximum annual revenue entitlements of $107.78 million distributed to the 41 participating states, plus the amount established for administrative costs associated with the UCR Plan and agreement.

The board must also obtain DOT approval to revise the total revenue to be collected. Its recommendation now uses an average of the historical monthly collections over the prior three-year period to determine projected collections, which will yield a more accurate result.

The UCR board did not make a fee recommendation for the 2025 registration year, but the recommendation for the 2024 registration year anticipates an increase in fees for 2025, following the large fee decreases in previous years.

Because the state UCR revenue entitlements would remain unchanged, the participating states would not be impacted by this rule.

As of the summer of 2021, there were up to 44,000 motor carriers that had not registered with the plan, failed to pay their fees or had been issued penalties for past violations. Since then, the UCR board approved an aggressive three-pronged strategy to identify and contact unregistered motor carriers, authorizing three pilot projects that called for hiring a private contractor to contact, attempt to register and collect fees mostly from errant carriers from the nine nonparticipating UCR states to raise funds for the plan.

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2020 UCR Registration Will Open Feb. 13

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced that fees for the 2020 UCR registration year will be published in the Federal Register on Thursday, February 13. Upon publication, the fees will become effective and the 2020 registration period will officially open. FMCSA previously announced on its website the specific fee levels for 2020.

Businesses subject to the UCR Act may register at  www.ucr.gov

Since the opening of the 2020 registration period was delayed several months, UCR is requesting that states delay enforcement until June 1, 2020.

FMCSA Announces Final Rulemaking for 2020 UCR Fees 2020 Registration Period to Open Soon

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced on its website fees for the 2020 Unified Carrier Registration Plan (UCR):  https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/safety/fees-unified-carrier-registration-plan-and-agreement.

PLEASE NOTE:  UCR fees for the 2020 registration period will only become effective upon publication in the Federal Register.  We expect this to occur within the next few days.  Of course, UCR will make a new announcement when the 2020 fees are officially published in the Federal Register.

UCR Registration at www.ucr.gov

The UCR National Registration System (www.ucr.gov) will be ready to handle registrations when the final rulemaking is published.  For support or questions, call 1-833-UCR-PLAN or send an email to helpdesk@ucr.gov.

Recommended Enforcement Timing

State enforcement of the UCR registration requirements commonly begins January 1.  But since the opening of the 2020 registration period was delayed several months, UCR is requesting states delay enforcement until May 1, 2020.

Start of 2020 UCR Registration Period is Delayed

The start of the 2020 UCR registration period is delayed until further notice while the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) completes its rulemaking process on fee levels for next year. A notice of proposed rulemaking was published in the Federal Register on August 27.

Once the final rulemaking is published later this year, thereby officially establishing UCR fees for 2020, the UCR Board of Directors will recommend that states delay enforcement for three (3) months from the start of the registration period.

2018 Registration Year Closing September 30

UCR will officially close the 2018 registration year on September 30, 2019. If you have not already done so, be sure to pay your 2018 registration fee and resolve any outstanding issues before then.

Go to the National Registration System.

Federal Gov’t Announces 2019 UCR Fee Adjustment

The federal government has announced reduced annual fees for commercial carriers and other entities required by law to participate in the Unified Carrier Registration Plan (UCR).

The new fees go into effect as of December 27, 2018.

For the second consecutive year, those businesses subject to UCR will see a reduction in fees, which are down about 5% from last year.  In 2018, fees dropped by 9%.  The fee reductions for 2018 and 2019 are based on recommendations from the UCR Board of Directors following several years of higher than expected collections. Read more»