Briefly: Unified Carrier Registration fees to increase by about 25%

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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration earlier this week announced  the Unified Carrier Registration fees for 2025 will increase by about 25% more than they are now.

The FMCSA announced the new UCR fees in a final rule published in the Federal Register earlier this week.

UCR is an annual permit most motor carriers must pay if they have an active U.S. DOT number, regardless of whether they are using that DOT number or whether it is marked interstate, according to OOIDA’s Permits and Licensing Department.

UCR fees are used by participating states for motor carrier safety programs and enforcement or for the administration of the UCR Plan and UCR agreement, according to the FMCSA.

“Following a reduction in fees of an average of 37.3% over the two prior years, the fees for the 2025 registration year will be increased above the fees for the 2024 registration year by an average of 25% overall, with varying increases between $9 and $9,000 per entity, depending on the applicable fee bracket,” FMCSA said in its announcement. “The final rule is based upon a recommendation from the UCR Plan.”

The UCR applies to all motor carriers and entities required to register with FMCSA, including those based in Canada and Mexico.

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Peterbilt delivers 1,000th 589

Peterbilt recently announced the company has received over 5,000 orders for the new Model 589, highlighting the widespread acceptance and enthusiasm for the new model from both drivers and fleets, according to a statement from the company.

Peterbilt also recently celebrated the delivery of the 1,000th Model 589 to Mike Lowrie Trucking based in Dixon, California.

“As the proud recipient of Peterbilt's 1,000th Model 589, I am reminded of the legacy that my family has shared with Peterbilt. From humble beginnings in 1947 with my dad’s first used Peterbilt, to us purchasing our new Peterbilt’s together in 1978, to now operating nearly 250 Peterbilt trucks, they have been more than a truck manufacturer; they've been a partner in our success,” said Mike Lowrie, president of Mike LowrieTrucking.

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The Model 589 is available as a day cab and multiple sleeper options including the 44-inch low roof, 58-inch UltraLow, low and high roof, 72-inch low and high roof and 80-inch high roof configurations.

PA bridge closed when struck by oversized load

A key bridge in northeastern Pennsylvania is closed until some time in August as it undergoes repairs needed when ity was struck by an oversized load on a flatbed recently.

The steel bridge that carries Route 6 over Sugar Creek in Troy Township was damaged June 12, when it was struck by a large tank on a flatbed. The tank became lodged in the bridge structure.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation officials estimate it will cost between $1 million and $2 million to repair the bridge that they say carries some 4,000 vehicles a day.

Until the bridge is repaired, the detour route has drivers using Leona Road, Route 4014 (Springfield Road), and Route 14.

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