WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) launched a new online registration process that truck and bus companies, freight forwarders, brokers, intermodal equipment providers, and cargo tank manufacturing, inspection and repair facilities use as new applicants for USSDOT registration.
The first phase of the Unified Registration System (URS) combines multiple “legacy” reporting forms into a single, online “smart form” that streamlines the registration and renewal process, improves efficiency, reduces errors and, most importantly, strengthens safety for the motoring public, according to the agency
When fully implemented in 2016, URS will enable FMCSA to more readily identify unfit carriers and detect unsafe truck and bus companies seeking to evade agency enforcement actions, including civil penalties, by attempting to regain USDOT registration by registering as a purported different, unrelated business entity.
Existing registrants, entities that have a US DOT number and/or operating authority, can update their information using all of the existing processes – online and paper forms – until Sept. 30, 2016.
FMCSA estimates URS will ultimately reduce costs to the trucking industry by approximately US$9 million in time saved and fees incurred over a 10-year period.