IRP Outreach on Full Reciprocity Plan
The letter from Tim Adams states "This change, the most far-reaching since the IRP first went into effect, will give most interstate carriers more operational flexibility than they have had in the past." TRALA agrees with this assessment, which is why we expect our members to reap the benefits in the form of fewer administrative burdens and reduced costs related to credentialing and the purchase of trip permits once the FRP becomes effective.
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. As the letter states, first-time registrants will pay fees based on the base jurisdiction's average per vehicle distance chart. Renewing carriers will pay fees based solely on their actual operations during the distance reporting period - just as they always have. 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.
TRALA has also previously linked to a FRP "FAQ" document, and TRALA encourages its members to review that document again to ensure familiarity with the coming changes. Click here to see the FAQ document. The FRP becomes effective on January 1, 2015, and as such the document focuses on transactions that will be effected by this change.