FMCSA Appoints Uniform Carrier Registration Plan Board
Attached is a Federal Register Notice announcing direct appointment of the 15 member Board of Directors for the new Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Plan mandated by SAFETEA-LU to replace the Single State Registration System (SSRS).
While this is good news, there is still concern that the Board will not be able to complete its work of developing a final plan and receiving comments on it from the states by September 1, 2006. This is the date on which the states must start registering carriers under the new plan in order to start collecting UCR fees from the carriers starting January 1, 2007.
If the SSRS expiration date of January 1, 2007 is not extended, the 39 states that now participate in the SSRS will lose this revenue stream. In many states this revenue is used for highway safety and motor carrier safety enforcement purposes.
CVSA is working with AAMVA, NARUC (National Association of Regulatory Commissioners), and the NCSL (National Conference of State Legislatures) to prevent this from happening by seeking a legislative solution in Congress that would extend the expiration date of the SSRS by one year. Key Congressional Committee staff in the Senate are working to determine a legislative process to resolve this problem within the remainder of the session for the 109th Congress. We will keep you informed on this issue.
FMCSA Announces Availability of Grant Money for CDL Program Improvement
Also attached is a Federal Register Notice announcing the availability of CDL grant money for the states from FMCSA. The annual authorized level for the overall program in SAFETEA-LU is $25 million. The notice details the criteria for awarding the grants that are designed to improve implementation of the CDL program in the states.
An important item to note is if funds remain available after allocations to states are made for applications submitted by June 8, 2006, FMCSA will consider additional applications until all available funds have been allocated.