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Court issues opinion on lawsuit against UCR Board

Suit alleged UCR Board violated federal laws

Posted October 20, 2017

The U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia issued an opinion on October 18, 2017, regarding allegations that the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Board violated certain federal laws. The plaintiffs in the case, 12 Percent Logistics, Inc., and the Small Business Transportation Coalition (SBTC), alleged that the UCR board did not publish official notice of the September 14, 2017, UCR Board meeting.

It was during the September 14 meeting that the UCR Board decided to delay the 2018 UCR filing start date from October 1 to November 1. The delay was decided upon to allow time for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to publish a rule that would reduce UCR fees for the 2018 and 2019 filing years.

The court’s opinion stated that the UCR Board should’ve published a meeting notice in the Federal Register. As a remedy, the UCR Board must publish minutes, transcripts, or recordings of its September 14 meeting on the official UCR site or on the U.S. DOT’s website. The UCR Board is also required to notify the public at its next meeting that the September 14 meeting materials are available.

The UCR Board’s next meeting will be held on October 26, 2017.

This article was written by Heather L. Ness of J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.

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