Mark Schedler - Sr. DOT Editor, J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc.
April 27 , 2020
Most states and provinces have granted temporary waivers for International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) and International Registration Plan (IRP) compliance due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. You have to be careful, as each jurisdiction has different guidelines.
For the most part, each state is doing some variation of the exception due to the critical nature of the emergency, and because many state offices are closed:
It’s important to know that while waivers and exemptions are being granted, that doesn’t absolve carriers from recording mileage as is typically required by IFTA and IRP. At some point, everything will return to normal — deadlines will return, extensions will end, and you’ll have to comply. These exemptions are merely provided to carriers to help them and state staffs that are struggling to get through a difficult time.
The expectation to maintain fuel documentation and trip reports or the equivalent GPS/ELD data records doesn’t go away because expirations may be pushed out. In an audit, compliance review, or courtroom, you can be asked to demonstrate that your driver was exempt. This means retaining bills of lading and other shipment documents. Using ELD data that’s capturing the required data helps the driver stay focused on the task at hand rather than completing additional reports.
The deadline for the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) was already delayed several months due to a delay in the approval of 2020 fees. Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, UCR officials are now calling for states to delay enforcement until July 1, 2020.
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