Monday, October 1, 2012

2013 UCR Registration & NY HUT Renewals Begins Today

2013 Unified Carrier Registration opens today.  The deadline to register is December 31, 2012.  The Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) Plan and Agreement are part of a Federally-mandated, State-administered program that went into effect September 10, 2007.  Under this program, States collect fees from motor carriers, motor private carriers, freight forwarders, brokers and leasing companies, based on the number of qualifying commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) in their fleets. The revenues generated will be used for enforcement of motor carrier safety programs.

Who is Subject to UCR?  
All motor carriers (for-hire, private and exempt) – as well as brokers, freight forwarders, and leasing companies operating in interstate or international commerce are subject to the new UCR.   Entities based in Canada and Mexico that are involved in interstate or international commerce in the United States are also subject to UCR.  

Also beginning October 1, 2012 the renewal period begins for the New York State imposed a highway use tax (HUT) on motor carriers operating certain motor vehicles on New York State public highways (excluding toll-paid portions of the New York State Thruway). The tax is based on mileage traveled on NYS public highways and is computed at a rate determined by the weight of the motor vehicle and the method that you choose to report the tax.
Beginning January 1, 2013, you must affix a decal to each vehicle that's required to have a certificate of registration.
Vehicle registration requirements
You must obtain a certificate of registration for each vehicle subject to HUT. There are two types:

  • A HUT certificate of registration is required for any truck, tractor, or other self-propelled vehicle with a gross weight over 18,000 pounds. (If you elect to use the unloaded weight method to file your returns, a certificate is required for any truck with an unloaded weight over 8,000 pounds and any tractor with an unloaded weight over 4,000 pounds.)
  • An automotive fuel carrier (AFC) certificate of registration is required for any truck, trailer, or semi-trailer transporting automotive fuel. (The same gross weight and unloaded weight rules apply.)
You are also required to file your quarterly highway use tax return.  The quarters are based on calendar quarters, so September will mark the end of the 3rd Quarter and the deadline to file is October 31, 2012.

As a premier processing agency, Truck Services of North America can get or renew your UCR and NY HUT certificate of registration and file your 3rd Quarter highway use tax return for you.  TSNA takes the paperwork out of your way. For more details contact us at or call 803.386.0320.

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