Still needing your UCR to ensure you are compliant on the road? Don’t wait around because unregistered motor carriers that cross state lines without the UCR on file could face fines or get pulled off the road.
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UCR is the Unified Carrier Registration program for registering the operators of vehicles engaged in interstate travel. Individuals and companies that operate commercial motor vehicles across state lines are required to register and pay an annual fee based on the size of their fleet.
Who Needs a UCR?
The UCR applies to ALL operators of Commercial Motor Vehicles. That includes all Commercial Motor Vehicle carriers carrying their own goods and products across states lines as well as carriers transporting interstate goods (even when your vehicle does not leave the state). This requirement also includes companies operating as brokers, freight forwarders, or leasing companies.
How do I know if I have as a “Commercial Motor Vehicle?”
Any self-propelled or towed (such as a trailer) utilized on the highways engaged in interstate travel that:
- Has a gross weight of 10,001 pounds or more or,
- Is designed to transport 11 or more passengers (including the driver) or,
- Is required to have hazardous waste placarding
What is the Deadline for 2021 UCR Registration?
The annual registration must be renewed by December 31 for each year.
Which States Participate in the UCR Agreement?
Here is a list of the 41 states that participate in the UCR agreement.
What if My Home State Does Not Participate?
The non-participating states consist of Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont, Wyoming, and District of Columbia.
If your state doesn’t participate, you still have an obligation. Any motor carrier that travels over state lines (interstate) is required to purchase a UCR. You are required to purchase a UCR in the nearest participating state instead.
What Happens if I Do Not get my UCR?
Each state has the authority to enforce registration compliance via roadside enforcement checks and via business audits. Your vehicle could be detained, and you could face fines that range from $100 to $5,000 for your first offence depending on the state.
Do I get a Certificate or Proof of My UCR?
No. Your registration information is kept in a national database that is accessible by law enforcement personnel.
How do I get my UCR set up?
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Two trucking companies – The Truck Depot and Long-Haul Trucking, both owned by Aurel Davidyan – teamed up Nov. 21 to give back to the Portland, Ore. community during the pandemic. Together, they gave away 300 turkeys to families in need, totaling to around $10,000.
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A common question regarding any service is “why would I pay someone when I can do it myself?”
It’s important to understand the relief of allowing a factoring company to not only pay you right after the load has been delivered, but also to handle the back-office craziness for you. This includes deeper credit research on your customers (brokers and shippers), billing, and collections.
While the average time for brokers and shippers to pay is 30-45 days, about 60% of all invoices are paid late. When you submit your invoices to the factoring company, you will receive your payment same day or next day. After that, the factoring company deals with the responsibility of collecting… so you don’t have to.
Let’s take a look at 7 ways factoring improves your business and can help you grow to the next level:
- Instant Cash Flow
This seems obvious but it’s true. Waiting on your receivable to pay 30 to 60 days (or longer!) can lead to cash flow issues. Factoring gets you the funds right away allowing you to add staff, purchase equipment, pay insurance, and cover all the other necessary business expenses.
- Grow Faster
Factoring can assist in growing your company faster than if it were backed by a traditional loan. You are able to get factoring set up and working for you within a very short amount of time and let your factoring account grow with your company expansion.
- Additional Services
Your factoring company can free up your time as they will handle the collection and follow up with your customers to ensure payment of the full invoice.
- Experience (in trucking)
Having a factoring company that has experience in your specific field can be important to better understand your industry. Not just general business.
- Quality Customer Relationships
As the owners of the business, you will have to press a little harder sometimes when it comes to collecting on outstanding invoices from customers. By handing that responsibility over to your factoring company, it allows you to retain a stronger, positive working relationship while someone else does the collecting.
- No Debt
One of the greatest reasons invoice factoring is a prime option is because no debt is created. You are simply leveraging the collection of future invoices. This increases your cash balance and reduces your receivable balance. No loans to repay.
- Tools & Resources
There are very useful tools that many businesses capitalize on when partnering with a factoring company. Online credit checking allows you to ensure you are working with quality brokers and shippers. A partnered fuel card gives you the best discounts in the market. Factoring companies will generally have a solid network of insurance agents, dispatchers, and other useful resources to make the setup and day-to-day operations that much easier.
Remember to think beyond the factoring rate. What is the true value of that rate? Think about how an invoice factoring company can help make running a business each day more fluid.
Life on the Road During the Pandemic
While there are a lot of comparisons to the Great Recession of 2008, the good news is that there’s a strong difference where the 2008 crash was largely caused by bad business practices by major banks; we can point to a specific, external cause of this economic shock, and whenever that cause is resolved, there’s a chance things return to some normalcy quicker.
- Food Deals for Truckers
Cracker Barrel – Free coffee or fountain drinks offered to truckers.
Denny’s – 15% off your online to-go order through May 25 (promo code: Driver15)
Papa John’s – Receive 25% off all regular menu prices at Papa John’s (promo code: DELIVER25)
Starbucks – offering a free coffee to “frontline workers”
Texas Roadhouse – they are serving drivers right at their truck whenever possible
- Trucker Appreciation
Apparel brand expands its efforts to show appreciation to front line workers during this health crisis. Southern Tide joined forces with South Carolina Trucking Association in their “Thank a Trucker” campaign designed to provide aid through the sales of the brand’s hats and t-shirts.
- Help from the Truck Stop
Pilot Flying J donate $225,000 to four local charities. The Charities include St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, and United Way of Greater Knoxville.
- Giant Drive-Thru
Taco Bell headquarters turns into giant drive-thru for truckers. The kitchen will be serving up custom Cravings Boxes all completely free for the heroes of the highway that are driving large essential service vehicles. This includes truckers, EMTs, firefighters, police force, etc since they cannot fit in typical restaurant drive-thrus.
*promos and discounts outlined in this article from food and beverage vendors may be limited by location or schedule
All those people and truckload of toilet paper… with the back open. Be careful out there!
Here’s a fun game. Will these vehicles clear the bridge or not? Some feel quite confident that they will. Let’s tally the Cleared vs the Crashes.