Private or exempt?
If your operation is classified as exempt or private by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and you don't hold for-hire operating authority, new regulations soon will require you to take extra steps to remain compliant. Under the Unified Registration System (URS), FMCSA will, for the first time, require all exempt and private to designate agents for service of process in each state. All exempt carriers also will have to provide evidence of financial responsibility, or insurance.
The insurance requirement also will apply to private carriers that haul hazardous materials as defined in Title 49, Part 172.101. This includes not only goods that commonly might be thought of as hazardous but also equipment that uses fuel and many consumer items, including medicines that contain alcohol and nitroglycerin; paint products; certain pesticides and fertilizers and even many cleaners and health and beauty products.
We can help
Simply put, URS means more red tape for private and exempt carriers, but TransComply's Basic subcription provides everything you need to comply. Plus, you get up-to-date insights into regulatory and legislative developments.
In a way, however, URS offers an opportunity for private and exempt carriers. Now that your regulatory obligations are even closer to those required of for-hire carriers, it might be a good time to obtain for-hire authority to give you greater flexibility to haul spot-market freight or operate for-hire backhauls. TransComply's New Entrant subscription offers such an opportunity. And just one for-hire load could more than cover the additional cost.
With TransComply's Member subscription you get more tools to help limit your risks when dealing with shippers, brokers and owner-operators/agents - tools that are especially valuable for operations not accustomed to working in a for-hire world.
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