Posted on 21 Sep, 2015
Categories: Trucking Business
Remember that MC number you jumped through hurdles to get? The one that cost you a small fortune? It looks like MC numbers are going the way of the dodo bird.
Carriers will soon be required to register through the new Unified Registration System (URS), which will get rid of MC numbers. Instead, carriers will only be identified by their DOT number.
The new rules were originally scheduled to start on Oct. 23, but the FMCSA announced last week that the plan has been delayed and that they will use a "phased implementation" of the URS.
(UPDATE, 10/28: New applicants will start using the new system on Dec. 12, and existing motor carriers will begin moving over to the new system on Sept. 30, 2016.)
Clear as mud, right? So far the new rules have probably raised more questions than they’ve answered. But here’s what we do know:
- No MC numbers – Safety scores and your company’s ID will be tied to your DOT number only. You don’t have to take the MC number off your trucks, and you can still use it for advertising. The FMCSA wants carriers to stop using MC numbers when they buy or repaint equipment, though.
- No “chameleon” carriers – FMCSA hopes that the URS will stop carriers who get shut down for safety violations from starting a new company with a different MC number.
- Paperless registration – Everyone applying for operating authority or updating their info will use a new website, which is still in the works (that’s the reason for the delay).
- Biennial updates – You're already required to update the information on your registration every two years, but once the new system is phased in, you'll use the URS website instead of Form MCSA-1. The agency will send letters 30 days before the deadline for a biennial update deadline, and you'll risk losing your DOT number if you don't comply.