The U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has published a rule to combine 16 paper forms used to register and update information from supply chain stakeholders into a single form on the Web.
The Web-based system, which the agency says will save $9 million over 10 years, is projected to come online in 2015.
Motor carriers, freight forwarders, brokers, applicants for hazardous materials permits, intermodal equipment providers, and cargo tank manufacturers would all use the new system.
“The new rule will streamline manual processes and combine several forms regulated entities are required to submit into one unified online registration process, thereby saving time and money for the industry and FMCSA,” the agency said in a document explaining the rule change. “This rule will also improve the ability for FMCSA to locate small and medium-sized private and exempt for-hire motor carriers for enforcement action because investigators will be able to work with designated process agents to locate and/or serve documents on hard-to-find motor carriers.” - Jon Ross