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InstituteInternational Registration Plan (IRP)In Depth (Level 3)USAEnglishAnalysisFocus AreaRegistration and Permits - Motor CarrierRegistration
Performance and Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM)
['Registration and Permits - Motor Carrier']
- The Performance and Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM) program is a federal-state partnership that makes safe performance a requirement for obtaining and keeping commercial vehicle registration.
- The PRISM program links the Commercial Vehicle Registration Process (CVRP), and the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Process (MCSIP).
- The Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Process (MCSIP) is designed to improve the safety performance of motor carriers with demonstrated poor safety performance.
The Performance and Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM) program is a federal-state partnership that makes safe performance a requirement for obtaining and keeping commercial vehicle registration. The program links the Commercial Vehicle Registration Process (CVRP), and the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Process (MCSIP). In this way, PRISM prevents motor carriers with significant safety deficiencies from registering their commercial motor vehicles.
The commercial vehicle registration process of the states provides the framework for the PRISM program by ensuring that all interstate carriers have a United States Department of Transportation (US-DOT) number when they register their vehicles. A license plate isn’t issued by the state until the carrier responsible for the safety of the vehicle is identified and the safety fitness of the carrier is verified.
Carriers registering vehicles in a PRISM state are required to obtain a USDOT number and complete biennial updates to their MCS-150 information before registration will be granted.
As a member of PRISM, a state can refuse to register vehicles of an unfit carrier (as determined by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). Registration sanctions are available to the states, including denial of registration, suspension, or revocation.
How does Performance and Registration Information Systems Management (PRISM) affect registration?
For many International Registration Plan (IRP) accounts, the registrant that maintains the IRP account and the carrier that is responsible for safety are the same entity. The carrier must provide updated MCS-150 information and enter their United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) number on the vehicle registration form.
Owner/operators often register their vehicle in their own name, but lease to a motor carrier. These owner/operators must provide the USDOT number of the carrier they are leasing to and update this information with the state registration office if the USDOT number changes. If the owner/operator is not leased to a company and does not have a lessee USDOT number to provide, the owner/operator must obtain their own USDOT number as a motor carrier.
Is there enforcement?
The Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Process (MCSIP) is the means by which a motor carrier's safety is systematically tracked and improved. The process is designed to improve the safety performance of motor carriers with demonstrated poor safety performance. Once the carrier exceeds the bounds of the established safety threshold, the motor carrier enters MCSIP, which provides opportunities for carriers to improve operations and return to a safe condition. MCSIP carriers that do not improve their safety performance face progressively more stringent penalties that may result in a Federal “unfit” or “imminent hazard” determination and the possible suspension of vehicle registrations by the state.
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