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Unified Carrier Registration The Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) replaced the Single State Registration System (SSRS) in 2007. The UCR affects both for-hire and private motor carriers involved in interstate commerce; plus freight forwarders, brokers, and leasing companies.
A motor carrier must register with UCR if they operate a self-propelled or towed vehicle
on the highways in commerce, if the vehicle:
Has a GVWR or gross vehicle weight of at least 10,001 pounds, whichever is greater, or Is designed to transport more than 10 passengers including the driver, or Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placarding.
Other business entities also required to register with UCR are:
A freight forwarder A freight broker A commercial vehicle leasing company The Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) application form, instruction sheet, and application information are available at the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles, Motor Carrier Services Division website at www.dmv.ne.gov/mcs.
Return completed UCR application forms with appropriate payments to:
In lieu of filing a written UCR application with the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles, applicants may complete an online UCR application by visiting the national UCR registration website operated by the state of Indiana at www.ucr.in.gov. No UCR credential will be issued. There is no requirement to carry or display the receipt of UCR payment in the commercial vehicle.
Effective with the 2010 registration year, trailers will be removed from the definition of a qualified vehicle for purposes of UCR.
FUEL AND FUEL PERMIT REQUIREMENTSInternational Fuel Tax Agreement Guide Who needs an International Fuel Tax Agreement Permit?
A qualified motor vehicle that:
1. Has two axles and a gross vehicle weight or registered gross vehicle weight exceeding 26,000 pounds, or
2. Has three or more axles regardless of weight, or
3. Is used in combination when the gross vehicle weight or registered gross weight of such combination exceeds 26,000 pounds.
Note: Recreational vehicles such as: motor homes, pickup trucks with attached campers, and buses, are not qualified motor vehicles when they are used exclusively for personal pleasure by an individual. In order to qualify as a recreational vehicle, the vehicle shall not be used in connection with any business endeavor.
A qualified farm or commercial motor vehicle listed in the above categories 1, 2, or 3 is required to have in their possession an International Fuel Tax Agreement Permit or purchase a 72-hour fuel permit.
A 72-hour fuel permit may be purchased at the first truck permit station (see pages 24-26) upon entering the state, or through the wire services (Transceiver, Trans Mid-America).
A 72-hour fuel permit costs $20.00; in addition the permit station may charge a 10% issuing fee.
Untaxed – Dyed Fuel Fuel purchased for off-road use is non-taxed and dyed to indicate its non-tax status. Dyed fuel is regulated by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and generally cannot be used in any vehicle requiring registration. Vehicles designed and used primarily off-road that are operated on the highways incidental to their primary off-road use may be exempt. The presence of dyed fuel in a highway use vehicle can incur substantial fines and penalties.
If you have questions or to report suspected misuse of dyed fuel please contact the Nebraska Department of Revenue Motor Fuels at 1-800-554-FUEL (3835)
GENERAL NEBRASKA REGULATIONSVehicles required to stop at weigh stations;
All trucks must stop at Nebraska weigh stations, including pickups towing trailers.
Exceptions are recreation vehicles.
Load projecting to rear; red flag, red light required;
Whenever the load on any vehicle extends more than 4’ beyond the rear of the bed or body thereof, there shall be displayed at the end of such load in such position as to be clearly visible at all times from the rear of such load a red flag not less than 12” both in length and width, except that between sunset and sunrise there shall be displayed at the end of any such load a red light plainly visible under normal atmospheric conditions at least two hundred feet from the rear of such vehicle.
Splash aprons; requirements; violation; penalty;
Every new motor vehicle or semitrailer purchased after January 1, 1956, and operated on any highway in this state shall be equipped with fenders, covers, or devices, including flaps or splash aprons, unless the body of the vehicle affords adequate protection to effectively minimize the spray or splash of water or mud to the rear of the motor vehicle or semitrailer.
Load; contents; requirements;
No vehicle shall be driven or moved on any highway unless the vehicle is so constructed or loaded as to prevent its contents from dropping, sifting, leaking, or otherwise escaping from the vehicle.
Transportation of sand, gravel, rock; material covered with canvas; penalty;
No person shall transport any sand, gravel, rock less than 2” in diameter, or refuse in any motor vehicle on any hard-surfaced state highway if such material protrudes above the sides of that part of the vehicle in which it is being transported unless such material is enclosed or completely covered with canvas or similar covering.
No person shall drive or move a motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer upon any highway unless the cargo or contents carried by the motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer are properly distributed and adequately secured to prevent the falling of cargo or contents from the vehicle. The tailgate, doors, tarpaulins, and any other equipment used in the operation of the motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer or in the distributing or securing of the cargo or contents carried by the motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer shall be secured to prevent cargo or contents falling from the vehicle. The means of securement to the motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer must be either tie downs and tie down assemblies of adequate strength or sides, sideboards, or stakes and a rear end gate, end board, or stakes strong enough and high enough to assure that cargo or contents will not fall from the vehicle.
Disabled vehicles, length and load limit exception;
The length limitations of Section 60-6,290 and weight limitation of Section 60-6,294 shall not apply when a disabled combination of vehicles is towed if the combination of vehicles, together with the wrecker or tow truck, does not exceed 150’, inclusive of front and rear bumpers including load. Such exception shall apply only if the disabled combination of vehicles is being towed directly to the nearest place of secure safekeeping.
The towing vehicle shall be connected with the air brakes and brake lights of the towed vehicle.
Truck-trailer combination; warning decal, when.;
A warning decal shall be attached to every truck-trailer combination having a connection device between such vehicles which is more than twelve feet in length. Such decal shall be made of red reflective material and contain the words “Long Vehicle - Pass With Care.” The letters shall be of white reflective material and shall be not less than 3” in height. The decal shall be affixed to the sides and rear parts of the trailer at a height of not less than 48” or no more than 74” from the ground level.
Trucks; rear-view mirror;
Each truck shall be equipped with a rear-view mirror which shall be kept clean, repaired and installed according to the official highway rules.
Oversized loads; mirrors;
Outside mirrors must reflect a view of the highway behind the vehicle to a distance of at least 200’.
Towing; draw bars, other connections; length; red flag required, when;
The draw bar or other connection between any two vehicles, one of which is towing or drawing the other on a highway, shall not exceed 15’ in length from one vehicle to the other, except a vehicle being towed with a connection device that is an integral component of the vehicle and is designed to attach to a lead unit with construction in such a manner as to allow articulation at the attachment point on the chassis of the towed vehicle but not to allow lateral or side-to-side movement. Such connecting device shall meet the safety standards for towbar failure or disconnection that are in effect on March 28, 1980, in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations of the U.S. Department of Transportation of the United States Government and shall have displayed at approximately the halfway point between the towing vehicle and the towed vehicle on the connecting mechanism a red flag or other signal or cloth not less than 12” both in length and width that shall be at least 5’ and not more than 10’ from the level of the paving and shall be displayed along the outside line on both sides of the towing and towed vehicles.
Whenever such connection consists of a chain, rope or cable, there shall be displayed upon such connection a red flag or other signal or cloth not less than 12” both in length and width.
Every motor vehicle when operated upon a highway shall be equipped with brakes adequate to control the movement of and to stop and to hold such vehicle. All such brakes shall be maintained at all times in good working order.
Trailers; brake requirements; safety chains; when required;
(1) Trailers subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety regulations as adopted by Nebraska Statue 75-363 must have brakes as specified in 49 CFR 393.
(2) All other commercial trailers with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds and semitrailers shall be equipped on each wheel with brakes that can be operated from the driving position of the towing vehicle.
(3) Cabin trailers as defined in Sections 60-107 and 60-1,801 and recreational trailers having a gross loaded weight of 3,000 pounds or more but less than 6,500 pounds shall be equipped with brakes on at least two wheels, and such trailers with a gross loaded weight of 6,500 pounds or more shall be equipped with brakes on each wheel. The brakes shall be operable from the driving position of the towing vehicle.
Such trailers shall also be equipped with a breakaway, surge, or impulse switch on the trailer so that the trailer brakes are activated if the trailer becomes disengaged from the towing vehicle.
(4) Cabin trailers, recreational trailers, and utility trailers as defined in Section 60-301, when being towed upon a highway, shall be securely connected to the towing vehicle by means of two safety chains or safety cables in addition to the hitch or other primary connecting device. Such safety chains or safety cables shall be so attached and shall be of sufficient breaking load strength so as to prevent any portion of such trailer drawbar from touching the roadway if the hitch or other primary connecting device becomes disengaged from the towing vehicle.
REGULATIONS FOR SPECIFIC GROUPSRules and Regulations for Nebraska Farmers
USDOT Number and Annual Inspections: Interstate travel only CDL and Drug Testing: Interstate travel or intrastate travel beyond 150 air-miles Medical Card and Driver Qualification File: Interstate travel, beyond 150 air-miles Hours of Service: Interstate travel, beyond 100 air-miles of the farm USDOT Number: Interstate travel only Annual Inspections: Interstate and intrastate travel CDL and Drug Testing: Interstate travel or intrastate travel beyond 150 air-miles Medical Card and Driver Qualification File: Interstate travel, beyond 150 air-miles Hours of Service: Interstate travel, beyond 100 air-miles of the farm USDOT Number, Annual Inspections, and Medical Card: Interstate travel only CDL and Drug Testing: Not required Driver Qualification File: Interstate travel, beyond 150 air-miles Hours of Service: Interstate, beyond 100 air-miles of the farm USDOT Number, Annual Inspections, and Medical Card: Interstate travel only CDL and Drug Testing: Interstate travel or intrastate travel beyond 150 air-miles Driver Qualification File: Interstate travel, beyond 150 air-miles Hours of Service: Interstate, beyond 100 air-miles of the farm USDOT Number and Medical Card: Interstate travel only Annual Inspections: Interstate and intrastate travel CDL and Drug Testing: Interstate travel or intrastate travel beyond 150 air-miles Driver Qualification File: Interstate travel, beyond 150 air-miles Hours of Service: Interstate, beyond 100 air-miles of the farm USDOT Number and Medical Card: Interstate travel only CDL, Drug Testing, and Annual Inspections: Interstate and intrastate travel Driver Qualification File: Interstate travel, beyond 150 air-miles Hours of Service: Interstate, beyond 100 air-miles of the farm Other Activities That May Be Subject to Federal Safety Regulations Activities such as, but not limited to: motor sports (race cars, snowmobiles, motorcycles, watercraft, etc.), fishing tournaments, livestock (cattle, horses) shows and antique tractor pulls.
1. Do you declare prize money as income from a business expense for tax purposes?
2. Are the costs for the underlying activities deducted as a business expense for tax purposes?
3. Do you accept products and/or money for advertising from a sponsor?
4. Is the transport vehicle being used in the furtherance of a commercial operation?
If you answered YES to any of the above question, go to question 5. If you answered NO to all the above questions stop here, you are not subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
5. Is the GVWR, GCWR, gross vehicle weight, or gross combination weight (whichever is greater) over 10,000 pounds?
If you answered YES to question 5, you must follow the appropriate regulations. If you answered NO, you are not subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
MOTOR HOMES that are registered as recreational vehicles (RV license plate) CANNOT be used in the furtherance of a commercial enterprise. If you wish to use a motor home as part of a commercial enterprise, you must register the motor home as a commercial vehicle.