Tuesday, September 18, 2012

FMCSA Issues Letters For Elimination of Registrant-Only USDOT Numbers

Back in August of 2010, the FMSCA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) announced a Performance and Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM) procedural change eliminating the Registrant-Only USDOT Numbers that was originally scheduled to take effect on September 1, 2011, but was extended until September 1, 2012.

The Registrant-Only USDOT Number was established when a company owned and registered its commercial vehicle for the sole purpose of renting or leasing them to motor carriers that would operate them or the when the company was an owner-operator that was leased to a motor carrier and would never operate the vehicle under its own USDOT Number or operating authority.

The Registrant-Only USDOT Number is being eliminated for two reasons:

  1. Data quality issues due to safety events, such as roadside inspections being improperly attributed to Registrant-Only USDOT Numbers.
  2. Registrant-Only companies are not included in the Safety Measurement System (SMS), which includes the new entrant safety audit.

The FMCSA mailed letters to Registrant-Only USDOT Number holders notifying them that their USDOT Number will become inactive on or about October 13, 2012 unless they respond.

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