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New Dashboard Coming February 22! -- A new Motor Carrier Services dashboard to assist you with your Motor Carrier account needs in Indiana will be available February 22. This dashboard will include many beneficial features, including area account notifications for all Motor Carrier sections, pre-renewal and payment reminders, and general notifications. To learn more about the new dashboard, click here to view an introductory video.
Base Plate Registration Moves to MCS -- Beginning January 2016, the Indiana Department of Revenue’s Motor Carrier Services Division will assume responsibility for base plate registrations from the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles for companies with 25 or more commercial vehicles weighing 16,000 lbs. or more. For more information visit www.in.gov/dor/5027.htm.
Charter Buses to Register with IRP -- Effective Jan. 1. 2016, Indiana charter buses traveling interstate with three or more axles or a weight of more than 26,000 pounds must register for license plates with IRP, through the Indiana Department of Revenue Motor Carrier Services Division. Previously, buses meeting these criteria registered for license plates through the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). For more information, read the article in the May issue of Trucking Tips.
Full Reciprocity Plan -- Effective Jan. 1, 2015, all new IRP accounts will be registered for every jurisdiction on their cab cards and pay a per-vehicle distance percentage to each jurisdiction. On the next renewal, the accrued distance in each jurisdiction will be reported and carriers will only be billed for states in which they travelled. All jurisdictions will remain on the cab card thereafter to allow flexibility to travel into other states when necessary, and be charged for that jurisdiction on the next renewal for actual distance accrued.
Read the Latest Trucking Tips -- This edition features stories about the new Unified Registration System, Base Plate Registration, and much more. To read the latest edition, click here.
Biennial Updates -- Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all entities under its jurisdiction to update their information every two years. You are required to provide this update every two years even if your company has not changed its information, has ceased interstate operations since the last update, or is no longer in business and you did not notify FMCSA. You now have a filing schedule when to update your MCS150 form: click here to see when you are scheduled to update your USDOT number.
CNG Annual Fuel Permit Notice -- As of Jan. 1, 2014 trucks using Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as fuel, may haul their max load of 80,000 pounds and up to an additional 2,000 pounds for a total gross weight of 82,000 pounds. To be exempt, a carrier must obtain a CNG Annual Fuel Permit through the Indiana Department of Revenue Oversize/ Overweight Division. This annual permit is no cost but allows carriers to carry the extra weight through Indiana. Carriers may contact the department for additional information at (317) 615-7320.