FMCSA launches streamlined URS process

On Dec. 17, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced they have launched a new, simplified online registration process for truckers, brokers and equipment providers. The system, which went active Dec. 12, is the first phase of the Unified Registration System (URS) that combines multiple reporting forms into a single “smart form” that streamlines the registration and renewal process, improves efficiency, reduces errors and strengthens safety for the motoring public.

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“URS combines various forms that carriers, freight forwarders and brokers currently use to register and update their information with the agency into a single, online registration application,” FMCSA said. Only the initial registration by new applicants will be done using the URS online application. FMCSA estimates URS ultimately will reduce costs to industry by approximately $9 million in time saved and fees incurred over a 10-year period. “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,” the agency said.

Additional information on the URS can be found at the FMCSA’s website.