Sunday, February 17, 2013

FMCSA Submits Unified Registration Rule to OMB

On Friday the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration had submitted for OMB review their final rule for the establishment of the Uniform Registration System. The URS would serve as an on-line clearinghouse and depository of information on, and identification of, motor carriers, brokers, freight forwarders, and others required to register with the Department of Transportation.

This rule has been long in the making with an initial legislative deadline for publication in 1998. The initial advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) dates back to 1996 (61 FR 43816). The initial NPRM was published in 2005 (70 FR 28990) with a supplemental NPRM in 2011 (76 FR 66506).

Given the controversial nature of the expansion of FMCSA regulations proposed in this rule, I suspect that it will take even longer than normal for OMB to approve the publication of the final rule in the Federal Register.

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