January 25, 2013 10:55 AM, EST
CVSA to Start Enforcement of UCR Compliance Feb. 1
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced plans to begin enforcement Feb. 1 against carriers that have not complied with the Unified Carrier Registration program.

The organization that governs state inspection practices said in a bulletin circulated earlier this month that the UCR board of directors recommended enforcement start on that date.

CVSA is composed of local, state and federal motor carrier and shipper representatives who direct the program that was created to allow truckers to pay registration fees to one state.

“All motor carriers (for-hire, private and exempt), as well as brokers, freight-forwarder and leasing companies operating in interstate and international commerce are subject to UCR agreement,” the notice states.

Because no credential shows UCR compliance, CVSA advised inspectors to verify interstate operations by checking log entries, toll receipts, shipping papers or bills of lading.

CVSA noted in the bulletin that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has created a violation code for failure to pay the UCR fee. That summons or citation is governed by state or enforcement department regulations.

Intrastate motor carriers aren’t subject to the fees, which are based on the number of units a carrier operates and range from $76 to $73,346.