FMCSA floats plan to reduce carrier registration fees for 2018, 2019

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Updated Sep 24, 2017

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is proposing to reduce Unified Carrier Registration fees for trucking companies, brokers and more for at least the next two years.

In its proposal, the agency says for the 2018 registration year, beginning Oct. 1, 2017, registration fees would be reduced below the current level by approximately 9.1 percent. The reduction is due to total revenues from the UCR Plan exceeding the statutory maximum for the 2016 registration year by $5.13 million, or approximately 4.55 percent. FMCSA says this is the first time the statutory maximum has been exceeded.

Additionally, for the 2019 registration year, beginning on or around Oct. 1, 2018, the fees would be reduced by approximately 4.55 percent from the current level to ensure fees don’t exceed the maximum.

The reduction, FMCSA says, will range from approximately $7 to $6,700 per entity in 2018, and from approximately $3 to $3,400 in 2019, depending on the number of vehicles owned by the affected carriers.

FMCSA is seeking public comment on the proposed rulemaking, which can be made for 10 days after the proposal is published in the Federal Register on Thursday, Sept. 21. Comments can be made by searching Docket No. FMCSA-2017-0118 at

The proposed fee changes can be seen below:

Ucr Fee Changes 2017 09 20 10 02