Texas drops registration requirement for interstate permit loads

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The Texas Department of Transportation recently began to require motor carriers with interstate loads that needed oversize or overweight permits to register with the department as if they were intrastate carriers. This required motor carriers to obtain and file insurance with the state and pay application and per-vehicle fees, and many loads were delayed as a result.

TxDOT now says a carrier needing an os/ow permit may file a bond with the department instead of registering, the American Trucking Associations reports. This should be both quicker and easier to comply with for most motor carriers.

TxDOT also expects to refund fees interstate carriers may have paid to register with the state and may drop even the bond requirement once the new Unified Carrier Registration Agreement (URCA) fees are in place, presumably later this year. A similar requirement for hazmat loads will not be imposed.