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Changes will be ushered in for 2019 and 2020 that will reduce fees issued by the Unified Carrier Registration, which is good news for truckers and carriers around the United States. The change comes about as a result of new limits authorized by congress that set a maximum level for the fees that may not be exceeded. The goal is that more companies are eligible for registration, while also lowering the fees paid by those already in operation.
The Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) system is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation and replaces the previous system known as the Single State Registration System (SSRS). Regardless of other changes, the revenue generated is earmarked for the same purpose, which is to help fund programs and training for the Department of Transportation.
The major change is that more companies (and their equipment) are subject to the fee schedule, but the amount of the fees has been lowered across the board. The amount of the fee is determined primarily by the number of trucks or fleet size, along with payments for processing and handling.
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The UCR payments are made within the state that is the primary residence of the company and if the state does not participate in the program, the payment can be made to the closest state that does. Even if the primary state of your business is not within a state participating in the UCR, you are still subject to the fees and required to register. For the specifics of the registration and associated fees, you can click here to learn about the fee schedule. As mentioned above, there are a handful of states that are not part of the program, in which case you’ll still have to pay the fee, but for the nearest participating state that is in the program.
There are stiff penalties if you’re not compliant and trucks will be pulled off the road by the Department of Transportation until the proper payments are made. The are also additional financial penalties that may be applied for noncompliance, which can be costly, both in terms of the fines themselves, as well as the time lost during the transport process.
Unified Carrier Registration System - The FMCSA website about the UCR system, including a brief explanation and links to other resources that may be helpful for those wishing to learn more about it.
United Carrier Registration website - If you’re a carrier or company that wants to check on the status of your UCR fee payments, this website has what you’re looking for. Simply enter your USDOT number and the information is at your fingertips.
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.
Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.
And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.
The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.
When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.
The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.
They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?
So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!
If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.
I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!
The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!
There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.
After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.
Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.
By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.
We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!
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