The American Trucking Associations reports that last week,
the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration began deactivating the U.S. DOT
numbers of motor carriers who have failed to update their MCS-150 registration
information, as part of the biennial update requirement.
The requirement, part of the Unified Registration System process, is an effort
by FMCSA to maintain more accurate information on motor carriers subject to
FMCSA’s jurisdiction. In November 2013, FMCSA notified by email and via warning
letters those required to update their registration information by January 2014
that they would be deactivated beginning in March.
Motor carriers, freight forwarders, and brokers who do not fulfill their
biennial update requirement on time can face penalties of up to $1,000 per day
with a maximum of $10,000 total in addition to having their operating authority