URS compliance deadline gets pushed back again as FMCSA needs more time to get ready.
On Friday, December 9, 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that the implementation date for the final stage of it’s Unified Registration System (URS) will be moved again. Originally slated to be September 30, 2016, and moved to January 17, 2017, the FMCSA’s latest advisory provided no actual date this time just a notice saying that in early January 2017 they will announce the revised compliance dates.
The FMCSA’s memo provided an explanation regarding the delay, it says this will allow state partners additional time to develop, update, and verify data connectivity and system reliability. It will also all more time for training and education.
Once the final phase of URS is implemented it will require online registrations for all filers including all interstate motor carriers (including private and for-hire passenger and property motor carriers), freight forwarders, brokers, intermodal equipment providers (IEPs), hazardous materials safety permit (HMSP) applicants/holders, and cargo tank manufacturing and repair facilities under FMCSA’s jurisdiction. Mexican-domiciled carriers conducting long-haul operations are exempt. MC and FF numbers will be phased out and the only identifier will become the US DOT number. It will also include a new fee schedule which will increase the cost of registration.