4901:2-5-10 Marking of vehicles.

(A) All motor carriers operating in intrastate commerce shall comply with the marking requirements of 49 C.F.R. 390.21 , as effective on the date referenced in paragraph (C) of rule 4901:2-5-02 of the Administrative Code, except:

(1) The identification number issued by the commission preceded by the letters PUCO may be displayed in lieu of a U.S. department of transportation (USDOT) number.

(2) Private motor carriers operating in intrastate commerce are not required to display a USDOT or PUCO number.

(B) The director of the commission's transportation department may grant a written exemption from any or all of the requirements of paragraph (A) of this rule, based upon a written application and showing that prior to January 1, 1987, the motor carrier used an alternative marking system which provided adequate notification of the ownership and identity of equipment. Based upon a written application and showing that display of the required information would pose a security hazard to the vehicle, its contents or occupants, the director of the commission's transportation department may permit display of the USDOT number, or the identification number issued by the commission, in lieu of company name.

(C) A motor carrier granted an exemption pursuant to this rule shall keep a copy of the notice granting the exemption in each motor vehicle operated by the motor carrier and shall maintain it at the motor carrier's principal place of business.

(D) No motor carrier shall display the identification of another motor carrier or other entity, nor shall any motor carrier transmit an electronic signal falsely identifying itself as another motor carrier or other entity.

Replaces: 4901:2-5-10

Effective: 10/30/2014
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 08/07/2019
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 4923.04
Rule Amplifies: 4923.04
Prior Effective Dates: 1/20/63, 3/19/87, 12/25/87, 10/28/90, 5/5/00, 10/21/06, 6/6/11