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2017 Unified Carrier Registration

Your 2017 Unified Carrier Registration should be filed by December 31, 2016.

The UCR Agreement requires motor carriers and related parties to register with UCR and pay UCR fees annually. This includes all Interstate carriers that are for hire, passenger carriers, private motor carriers transporting property, brokers, freight forwarders, and leasing companies.

It is recommended that you file online at www.ucr.in.gov. Fees are noted on this home page.

You may also want to visit SAFER for easy access to update your MCS-150 at the same time.

TTA Endorsed Partner

DISA is proud to announce that we are a new Tennessee Trucking Association (TTA) Endorsed Partner! Stay tuned, more to come…

3Q 2015 Split Rate

Attention Taxpayers: 3Q2015 Split Rate Notice – Effective August 1, 2015, Washington State has a fuel tax increase for diesel and gasoline from 37.5 cents to 44.5 cents per gallon. If you have any questions, please contact your account manager for further details.

Highway Use Tax (HUT) Registration

All 21st series New York State highway use (HUT) and automotive fuel carrier (AFC) credentials / certificates of registration will expire on December 31, 2015.

The 22nd series renewal, which includes a decal for each vehicle, will begin October 1, 2015.

For more information regarding Highway Use Tax, click here

If you would like us to assist you in the filing of your 22nd series renewal, please contact Eric Shriver at 877-445-2058 ext 206.

34 Hour Restart Regulations

12/18/2014 – Omnibus Appropriations Bill – Hours of Service, 34 Hour Restart Rule Change: Effective immediately, two restrictions on the use of the US Federal 34-hour restart in the driver hours of service regulations have been suspended. The suspended provisions are as follows:

1. Requiring two periods between 1:00am and 5:00am
2. Limiting the use of the restart to once every 168 hours.

The suspension is legally effective immediately, and drivers are no longer expected to comply with these requirements.

MI IFTA Filing Change

MI IFTA Filing Change
Attention: Notice of Change in IFTA Filing Procedure for Michigan IFTA Filers: Michigan will be implementing a new, mandatory E-File system for IFTA Fuel Tax Filing, effective with your 4Q 2014 IFTA Return [due on February 2, 2015]. What this means is that they will no longer accept the paper IFTA fuel tax returns, you must file online. For more information, follow the links below.

To register with MI online for e-file: https://treas-secure.state.mi.us/IFTAEFile/TC35M12.aspx
For more information regarding the e-file and payment process: http://michigan.gov/taxes/0,4676,7-238-43542_43546_47385_57613-254001–,00.html

If you are a current OTS customer, your account manager will contact you soon to discuss options offered for e-filing.

IRP Full Reciprocity Plan [FRP]

IRP is simplified with FRP
Beginning January 1, 2015 Full Reciprocity Plan (FRP) will go into effect. The FRP will grant full reciprocity for all apportioned vehicles and remove any provisions related to estimated distances. Registrants will receive cab cards that will show all jurisdictions, both US and Canada.

Fees will be calculated the same, but will be based on actual distances accumulated during the distance reporting period.

What are the benefits of FRP?

  • More equitable plan
  • No more “add state or province”
  • No more “over 100 percent fees” for added jurisdictions
  • No more trip permits
  • No more estimated distances
  • No need to operate multiple IRP fleets
  • The implementation of FRP will be a staggered process. For example, if your renewal date is May 1, 2015 then you would not be registered under FRP until May 1, 2015.

    For registrants operating multiple IRP fleets, it is recommended to consolidate your fleets since apportioned units will have the ability to travel to all member jurisdictions. If handling your own IRP, please contact your IRP office to discuss the best time to consolidate your fleets.
    For additional information please visit . You can also contact Eric Shriver at eshriver@ots.net with questions.

    New E-Filing System in New Mexico

    The New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department E-File system has migrated (effective July 1, 2013) to a new system called the New Mexico Taxpayer Access Point System (TAP). Effective July 1, 2013 users will be directed to their new site https://tap.state.nm.us/tap/_/#1

    If your or someone within your company currently obtain your New Mexico Weight Distance Tax permits and or file your New Mexico Weight Distance Tax returns online through the State of New Mexico’s Taxation and Revenue Department, you will need to sign up for a new TAP login. We recommend doing this sooner rather than later to help avoid any late filings due to potential registration issues with the new site.

    Fuel Taxes Heading Higher in Several States

    Diesel and gasoline taxes will change in 10 states on July 1, with most of them heading higher, according to an analysis by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

    Wyoming, Maryland, Virginia, and Vermont passed legislation this year raising their diesel taxes while Connecticut, Kentucky and North Carolina are seeing their taxes rise automatically because they are tied to the price of fuel. Nebraska is unique because its diesel tax is tied to the price of gasoline, but the hike is also the result of legislative action.

    Of the eight states raising their gasoline tax rates on July 1, Wyoming and Maryland passed legislation this year implementing increases, while Connecticut’s increase is due to legislation passed in 2005. California, Kentucky, Georgia, and North Carolina are seeing their rates rise to keep pace with growth in gas prices. Nebraska is rising due to an increase in gas prices and because the rate is automatically adjusted to cover the amount of transportation spending authorized by the legislature.

    OTS Joins DISA Global Solutions, Inc.

    OTS has joined DISA Global Solutions, Inc. as a wholly-owned subsidiary. DISA provides employee compliance solutions including drug and alcohol testing, background screening, occupational health screening, safety training and driver qualification management.

    To read the entire press release, Click Here

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