Owning a trucking company comes with the responsibility of filling out a copious amount of paperwork. Can you imagine having to fill out paperwork in every single state that you drive through?
UCR is the Unified Carrier Registration program. Created by federal legislation, it replaces the former system for registering the operators of vehicles engaged in interstate travel – the Single State Registration System (SSRS).
The UCR Agreement is established by federal law in the UCR Act, which is part of the federal highway reauthorization bill known as the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act, A Legacy for Users (“SAFETEA-LU”), Public Law 109-59, enacted August 10, 2005.
It should be emphasized that interstate carriers and other transportation businesses will typically still be subject to UCR fees even though they are based in a nonparticipating state, a U.S. territory, or a foreign country. The states that have chosen not to participate include:
If your state does not participate, you may think you do not have to pay the fee. This is not true. You will simply register your company in another state. For example, If your company is based in Florida, you would sign up in Georgia. You will pay your annual fees to the state between October 1st and December 31st.
The fees imposed on motor carriers and freight forwarders — businesses that operate motor vehicles – are graduated through a system of brackets, based on the number of vehicles they have operated; brokers and leasing companies, which operate no vehicles themselves, pay a fee at the level that applies to the smallest motor carriers. Fortunately, you will not have to pay for trailers.
If one of your trucks drives into a UCR state without paying the fees, a DOT officer can pull you over and impound your truck until you pay the fee. In addition to paying your UCR fees, you are likely to have to pay state-imposed penalties, which cost between $1,000 to $10,000.
When your truck is impounded, it can cause a major disaster for your company. Your clients are counting on you to get their product where it is going on time and in one piece. If you do not have access to your trucks, you may be sued by your clients in addition to receiving government fines.
We want to make sure that your trucking company gets off to a great start. When all your fees are paid and your paperwork is filled out, you will travel from state to state with ease.
The paperwork for the UCR is quite detailed and takes a long time to fill out. The compliance experts at Simplex Group can take care of your paperwork for you. We have years of experience dealing with UCR paperwork and any problems that can occur.
The UCR will not always notify you when fees are due, so we will make sure that your fees are paid in full and on time. Things like paperwork can get away from you when you have all the owner-operator responsibilities of your trucking company.
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