Renew your UCR, avoid fines
The UCR is a mandatory road tax that trucking companies must report annually; it must be renewed on December 31 of each year. Here we tell you what you need to know so that you are up to date and your Safety plan is optimal.
What is the UCR?
UCR (Unified Carrier Registration) is the federally mandated system to register and collect fees from commercial vehicle operators making interstate travel in North America. It also applies to motor carriers based in Canada, Mexico, or any other country that operate in interstate or international commerce in the United States.
Who must file the UCR?
The UCR must be submitted by all motor carriers, brokers, leasing companies, or freight forwarders that operate any commercial vehicle over 10,000 pounds.
If you own a transport company, you must declare taxes annually. There is no flat rate since it depends on the number of trucks operating in your company. The UCR (Unified Carrier Registration), in addition to being a mandatory tax for your company to transport cargo interstate, that is, to operate in all states of the country, is also one of the prerequisites for the MC# (Motor Carrier number) of your company is active.
What is the use of having my UCR up to date?
Being up to date with this procedure facilitates the relationship with brokers, allowing them to deliver loads to your transport company and you can receive them at good prices. Keep in mind that having the UCR expired can cause fines of up to $5,000 dollars or the detention of your vehicle.
What happens if I do not present the UCR?
You can be fined. To avoid this, you must file accurate returns, pay your taxes before the due date and provide the information required by the authority. Another option would be to request an extension or a payment plan, which will help you reduce possible penalties in the future.
Failure to pay the UCR may result in your truck detention if you are stopped driving over state lines. Additionally, you will have to pay fines and penalties. Remember that depending on the state in which you are, a fine can range between $100 and 5,000 dollars.
All the taxes of your transportation company must be up to date since it can affect your Safety plan, operating in the United States without inconvenience or setbacks.