Wednesday, May 09, 2007

All Eyes On The Ontario Border

A hole was created in the Michigan state budget when the federal government discontinued the Single State Registration Program on January 1, 2007. In order to fill that hole, a safety enforcement program was created and funded. The State is taking advantage of that funding.

A story in Today's Trucking Online referring to a press release originating in Toronto, states that from now until October 1, the Michigan State Police will be giving increased attention to Ontario-Michigan commercial border crossings as well as the corridors leading to those crossings. Through the funding provided for the enforcement program and the fines generated by the tickets, the state will recover some of the lost revenues. Cross-border carriers beware.

By the way, on October 1, 2007, the UCRA (which replaces the Single State Registration) and the fees for the UCRA program, become effective. At that time, everyone in the transportation industry should pay attention.

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