The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published in the Federal Register on Sept. 3 a notice of proposed rulemaking that would, if finalized in its current form, raise fees under the Unified Carrier Registration Agreement (UCRA) more than 122 percent over the current fees on a per-vehicle basis. Not only is this an astonishing tax increase in the worst year the deregulated trucking industry has ever faced, but the notice gives interested parties only 15 days to comment on the proposal. Today, ATA’s President and CEO Bill Graves sent a request to FMCSA for an extension of time to comment. This accompanied a similar request from the five industry members of the UCRA Board of Directors, led by the UCRA Board Vice Chair Bob Pitcher, who is ATA State Laws Vice President. FMCSA has discretion whether or not to grant an extension, and carriers wishing to file comments on the proposed UCRA fee increase should file them promptly, rather than count on an extension being granted.
Posted on Mon, September 14, 2009