Full Reciprocity Plan Advisory Document Released
The International Registration Plan (IRP) has released an advisory Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document regarding the soon-to-be-implemented Full Reciprocity Plan (FRP). The FRP was adopted by the IRP voting members last fall, and once it becomes effective, full reciprocity will be granted for all apportioned vehicles in all member jurisdictions. The FRP ballot was strongly supported by TRALA while the ballot was being considered, and TRALA and many of its individual member companies worked directly with the jurisdictions' voting representatives as well as through allied state trucking associations to secure the passage of the ballot.
The FAQ document, which can be seen by clicking here, states that the information it contains is provided to assist jurisdictions with the implementation of the FRP, however, TRALA feels that this document may be of great educational benefit to its member companies. The FRP becomes effective on January 1, 2015, and as such the document focuses on transactions that will be effected by this change.
Under the FRP, full reciprocity will be granted for all apportioned vehicles in all member jurisdictions and motor carriers will not need to declare the jurisdictions in which vehicles are expected to travel during the coming year. Carriers will also not need to estimate mileage for vehicles traveling into a jurisdiction for the first time. All jurisdictions will appear on IRP cab cards, meaning the motor carrier would have the ability to enter any jurisdiction without having to worry about adding jurisdictions to the cab card or purchase trip permits.
The FRP will benefit TRALA members and their customers because many TRALA members handle vehicle registration and tax compliance as a service for their customers, and often times it is difficult to know what jurisdictions a customer operating a rented or leased truck might have to travel in during the upcoming registration year. Those situations will be eliminated when the FRP becomes effective.
If you have any questions, contact TRALA's Joe Sculley at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (703) 299-9120.