FMCSA Proposes to Slash UCR Plan Fees by More Than 25% Beginning in 2023

Washington, D.C. — The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is proposing to slash fees collected by the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Plan by more than 25%.

In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) issued on Friday, the FMCSA said its proposal would reduce the fees paid by motor carriers, motor private carriers of property, brokers, freight forwarders, and leasing companies to the UCR Plan and the 41 participating States beginning in 2023.


“The requested fee adjustments are required by 49 U.S.C. 14504a because, for registration year 2022, the total revenues collected are expected to exceed the maximum annual revenue entitlements of $107.78 million distributed to the 41 participating States plus the amount established for the administrative costs associated with the UCR Plan and Agreement,” the NPRM states.

Below is a table detailing the proposed reductions by carrier size:

The 15-member UCR Board met on August 12, 2021, and voted to approve their “2023 Fee Proposal” plan and recommend that FMCSA adopt the fee reductions.


The UCR Plan’s latest recommendation also includes an increase in the amount of the administrative cost allowance from $4 million to $4.25 million for the 2023 registration year.

According to the NPRM, the $250,000 increase recommended by the UCR Plan was based on “estimates of future administrative cost allowances needed to operate the UCR Plan and Agreement.”


No changes in the State revenue entitlements are recommended, and the entitlement figures for 2023 for the 41 participating States are the same as those previously approved for the years 2010 through 2022.

Therefore, for registration year 2023 and subsequent registration years, the UCR Plan recommends total revenue to be collected of $112,027,060 (rounded to the nearest dollar).

Public comments will be received on this NPRM for 30 days following its publication into the Federal Register.

When submitting comments, reference Docket Number FMCSA-2022-0001.


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