Semitrucks serve an important purpose when it comes to transporting products across the country. Many shipping companies own and operate semitrucks in multiple states. Some trucks even cross through many states during each delivery run.
Commercial vehicles are subject to fees that can vary from one state to the next. To help streamline the transportation of commercial goods, states have entered into an International Registration Plan (IRP) agreement. This agreement allows commercial vehicles with the appropriate plates to cross state borders with ease.
It is critical that commercial vehicles maintain the appropriate insurance coverage. This coverage should protect not only the driver and his or her semitruck, but also the goods being hauled during each delivery run. In order to qualify for IRP-apportioned plates, you will need to file an insurance certificate with the jurisdiction in which your business is located.
This insurance certification should prove that you have a minimum of third-party liability insurance that is sufficient to cover the types of loads your commercial truck transports regularly.
In addition to your proof of insurance, you will need to pay UCR fees when applying for IRP-apportioned plates. UCR, which stands for Unified Carrier Registration, is a law that requires owners of commercial vehicles to register these vehicles within their home state.
The UCR fee amount that you will be required to pay will depend upon your jurisdiction and the number of vehicles in your commercial fleet. Not all jurisdictions collect UCR fees on-site, so you may have to go online to make the appropriate payment. IRP-apportioned plates will not be issued until you can provide proof that your UCR fees have been paid in full.
Another requirement needed to qualify for IRP-apportioned plates is the reporting of your mileage. Federal law limits the number of hours that a commercial can operate a semitruck in any given day. Mileage reporting provides evidence that you are adhering to federal guidelines.
You can install an electronic logging device in your semitruck to automatically log mileage and generate the reports needed to meet IRP requirements. Just be sure that the electronic logging device you purchase is on the list of approved devices if you want to be issued IRP-apportioned plates for your commercial vehicles in the future.
IRP-apportioned plates make it easier for trucking companies to engage in interstate transportation. Check the guidelines to see if you qualify for IRP plates.
Contact companies like Diesel Plates and Permits for more information on IRP-apportioned plates.Share
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