New regulations in the Trucking Industry
For months, the trucking industry has been preparing itself for new regulations from the FMCSA, that will do away with MC numbers and all other docket numbers. Instead of using MC numbers, carriers were going to be identified solely by their DOT number. In order to do that, everyone was going to have to start using something called the Unified Registration System (URS).
Not anymore. At least not yet.
After numerous delays, the URS has been shelved for the time being. The FMCSA announced in January that they’ve suspended the URS regulations.
From the FMCSA:
“FMCSA is extending the implementation date of the final stage of the URS 1 final rule beyond January 14, 2017; because additional time is needed to securely migrate data from multiple legacy platforms into a new central database and to conduct further compatibility testing with its State partners.”
During the suspension, trucking companies will no longer be required to submit registration and biennial update information using the URS, and anything you need to file with the FMCSA will be done the same old way they’re done today.
The FMCSA has until Feb. 13 to file a petition for reconsideration, at which point they might offer a better idea of how long the suspension might last.
Until then, it’s back to business as usual.