URS delayed again

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Posted December 14, 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FCMSA) announced yet another delay in the final implementation phase of the Unified Registration System (URS) rule.

FMCSA plans to publish an official notice in the Federal Register delaying the implementation date of January 14, 2017, to a date yet to be announced. The agency needs more time in the development of the centralized database and migration of data from multiple platforms.

The 2013 URS final rule was issued to improve registration process for motor carriers, property brokers, freight forwarders, intermodal equipment providers, hazardous materials safety permit applicants, and cargo tank facilities required to register with FMCSA, and streamline the existing federal registration processes to ensure the agency can more effectively track these entities.

Some of the most notable changes under the URS rule that are now delayed include the implementation of a new MCSA-1 form that will eventually replace the MCS-150/150B and OP-1 series for existing carriers, the requirement for private carriers and for-hire carriers of exempt commodities to file designation of process agents, and the requirement for private hazardous materials carriers and for-hire carriers of exempt commodities to file proof of financial responsibility.

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