It’s been nearly two weeks since the New York Tax Department shut down its website for highway-use registration and decal fees (HUT) and announced out-of-state carriers would need to file their applications by mail.
Despite concern from out-of-state carriers that mail delivery would increase the amount of time new vehicles could be registered and receive decals, NY Tax Department officials have not updated this policy.
OTA continues to work with the New York State Motor Truck Association and state officials on possibly allowing email and/or fax registrations, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.
Additionally, OTA has been told that, unless given a specific directive by the state, the state police will not adjust enforcement practices for out-of-state carriers who have mailed in their applications and await HUT decals.
In light of this, OTA strongly recommends that carriers expedite the registration process by couriering the documentation. Decals have always been mailed back to carriers anyway, therefore OTA expects that by using a same-day or one-day courier service, carriers can at least dramatically reduce the amount of time it takes to get the applications to the tax department.
The situation remains fluid. OTA will update carriers as new details emerge.