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MCTD clarifies IRP change in ops criteria

The Motor Carrier Transportation Division (MCTD) is clarifying its guidelines for handling International Registration Plan (IRP) applications from established operators who claim theyve had a change in operation.MCTD staff is reporting an increase in Oregon-based, IRP- registered carriers who, either in person or through a reporting ser- vice, are declaring a change in operationso they can revert to using estimated miles for their entire operations in other states and provinces.

Under IRP rules, only Oregon carriers registering for the first time are allowed to estimate the miles they will travel in a jurisdiction, or use what is called chart miles” — figures from a mileage chart in the Oregon IRP manual showing average miles an Oregon-based fleet operates in other jurisdictions in a year.

With the exception of first-time registration, Oregon is required to make carriers report the actual miles their fleets operated in each jurisdic- tion whenever actual miles from prior operations are available. Failure to follow that IRP rule could lead to monetary penalties and sanctions against Oregon. Also, if an audit reveals a carrier underpaid registration fees the carrier faces substantial penalties plus interest.

What Is Not Considered a “Change in Operation” for International Registration Plan

Adding Jurisdictions - Established IRP carriers cannot use estimated miles for their entire operation just because theyre adding one or more jurisdictions to the list of those in which they operate. If a carrier is registered to operate in OR, WA, and CA, for example, and wants to add ID and UT, the carrier can only use estimated miles or chart miles for estimating the percent of operations that will be conducted in ID and UT.

Removing Jurisdictions - Established IRP carriers cannot use estimated miles for their entire operation just because theyre removing one or more jurisdictions from the list of those in which they operate.

Obtaining New Contracts, Changing Commodities, or Changing Delivery Locations - Established carriers cannot use estimated miles for their entire operations just because they have obtained contracts with new shippers, started hauling different commodities, or changed delivery locations.

According to Owen Herzberg, IRP Program Manager, MCTD is asking its field staff to forward applications to Salem for approval if there is any question about a carriers operation. Changes in operation are highly unusual and are normally not a qualification to use estimated or chart miles for a carriers ENTIRE operation or fleet,Herzberz said.

Oregon participates in the IRP as a service to more than 4,000 Oregon carriers who operate in other states and provinces. Based on prior operations, Oregon collects the registration fees owed to each juris- diction and forwards that on behalf of the carriers.

Setting Up a New Fleet - Established carriers cannot use estimated miles for their entire operations just because they have renumbered their fleet, added trucks, or removed trucks.

Changing Ownership - Established carriers cannot use estimated miles for their entire operations just because they changed from a partnership to a corporation, or vice versa, or made some other similar change.

Changing Business Locations - Established carriers cannot use estimated miles for their entire operations just because they moved their business location.

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Truck Safety Inspection Statistics for 2000

Number of truck safety inspections conducted in Oregon: .............. 49,787

Compared to 1999, percentage increase in inspections: .............. 7.2%

Rate at which truck inspections occur: ..................... One every 10.6 minutes

Most inspections in a single day: . 449

Average minutes needed to conduct a complete inspection: ................. 25.11

Hours spent inspecting trucks: 20,841

Miles all trucks inspected, parked end to end, would extend: .................. 566

Distance in miles from Portland to Sacramento: ................................. 582

Percent of inspections conducted using laptop computers: .............. 58%

Average violations per inspection of Oregon-based trucks: ................... 2.34

Average violations per inspection of trucks based elsewhere:................. 1.7

Percent of inspections with ten or more violations: ......................... 1.2%

Most violations found in one inspection: ..................................... 31

Percent of vehicles inspected in Oregon last year that were placed out- of-service for a critical safety violation: ................................................. 19.6%

Current national percent of vehicles placed out-of-service: ............... 24.3%

Percent of drivers inspected in Oregon last year that were placed out-of- service for a critical safety violation: ................................................... 8.9%

Current national percent of drivers placed out-of-service: ................. 8.3%

Actual number of drivers placed out-of-service in Oregon: ........... 4,324

Number of truck drivers caught falsifying log books:................... 1,601

Number of drivers caught using radar detectors: ............................. 101

Number of drivers caught using alcohol or drugs:............................. 28

Motor Carrier News March 2001

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