The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has extended the effective date for the procedural change to eliminate use of the “registrant-only” U.S. Department of Transportation number by non-motor carrier registrants as part of the PRISM program until Sept. 1, 2012. In a Federal Register notice dated August 9, 2010, the agency initially set Sept. 1, 2011, as the effective date of the change.
FMCSA says the one-year extension will allow it to provide additional implementation guidance based on feedback and information received since the original Federal Register notice of procedural change and will allow states and other stakeholders to make necessary changes to their systems and processes.
FMCSA originally developed the concept of a “registrant-only” USDOT number in 1999 to identify registered owners of commercial motor vehicles that are not motor carriers but lease their CMVs to entities that are motor carriers. The agency later concluded that registrant-only USDOT numbers were being used differently than intended and announced the decision to eliminate the requirement for registrant-only USDOT numbers.