Chapter 4921: MOTOR CARRIER AUTHORITY AND PERMITTING

4921.01 Definitions.

As used in this chapter:

(A) "Ambulance" has the same meaning as in section 4766.01 of the Revised Code.

(B) "For-hire motor carrier" means a person engaged in the business of transporting persons or property by motor vehicle for compensation, except when engaged in any of the following in intrastate commerce:

(1) The transportation of persons in taxicabs in the usual taxicab service;

(2) The transportation of pupils in school busses operating to or from school sessions or school events;

(3) The transportation of farm supplies to the farm or farm products from farm to market or to food fabricating plants;

(4) The distribution of newspapers;

(5) The transportation of crude petroleum incidental to gathering from wells and delivery to destination by pipe line;

(6) The transportation of injured, ill, or deceased persons by hearse or ambulance;

(7) The transportation of compost (a combination of manure and sand or shredded bark mulch) or shredded bark mulch;

(8) The transportation of persons in a ridesharing arrangement when any fee charged each person so transported is in such amount as to recover only the person's share of the costs of operating the motor vehicle for such purpose;

(9) The operation of motor vehicles for contractors on public road work.

"For-hire motor carrier" includes the carrier's agents, officers, and representatives, as well as employees responsible for hiring, supervising, training, assigning, or dispatching drivers and employees concerned with the installation, inspection, and maintenance of motor-vehicle equipment and accessories.

Divisions (B)(1) to (9) of this section shall not be construed to relieve a person from compliance with hazardous-material regulation under section 4921.15 of the Revised Code and division (H) of section 4921.19 of the Revised Code, or rules adopted thereunder, or from compliance with rules governing unified carrier registration adopted under section 4921.11 of the Revised Code.

(C) "Household goods" means personal effects and property used or to be used in a dwelling, excluding property moving from a factory or store.

(D) "Interstate commerce" means trade, traffic, or transportation in the United States that is any of the following:

(1) Between a place in a state and a place outside of that state (including a place outside of the United States);

(2) Between two places in a state through another state or a place outside of the United States;

(3) Between two places in a state as part of trade, traffic, or transportation originating or terminating outside the state or the United States.

(E) "Intrastate commerce" means any trade, traffic, or transportation in any state which is not described in the term "interstate commerce."

(F) "Motor vehicle" means any vehicle, machine, tractor, trailer, or semitrailer propelled or drawn by mechanical power and used upon the highways in the transportation of persons or property, or any combination thereof, but does not include any vehicle, locomotive, or car operated exclusively on a rail or rails, or a trolley bus operated by electric power derived from a fixed overhead wire, furnishing local passenger transportation similar to street-railway service.

(G) "Public highway" means any public street, road, or highway in this state, whether within or without the corporate limits of a municipal corporation.

(H) "Ridesharing arrangement" means the transportation of persons in a motor vehicle where such transportation is incidental to another purpose of a volunteer driver, and includes ridesharing arrangements known as carpools, vanpools, and buspools.

(I) "School bus" has the same meaning as in section 4511.01 of the Revised Code.

(J) "Trailer" means any vehicle without motive power designed or used for carrying persons or property and for being drawn by a separate motor vehicle, including any vehicle of the trailer type, whether designed or used for carrying persons or property wholly on its own structure, or so designed or used that a part of its own weight or the weight of its load rests upon and is carried by such motor vehicle.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 6/11/2012.

4921.03 Certificate required.

(A) No for-hire motor carrier may operate in intrastate commerce unless the carrier has a current and valid certificate of public convenience and necessity.

(B) The public utilities commission shall issue a certificate of public convenience and necessity to any person who does all of the following:

(1) Files with the commission, in accordance with rules adopted under section 4921.05 of the Revised Code, a complete and accurate application that shall include a certification that (a) the person understands and is in compliance with the applicable service, operation, and safety laws of this state and (b) the person meets the requirements of section 4921.09 of the Revised Code;

(2) Agrees to maintain accurate and current business and insurance information with the commission, in accordance with the commission's rules;

(3) Has paid all applicable registration fees in accordance with rules adopted under section 4921.11 of the Revised Code, all applicable taxes under section 4921.19 of the Revised Code, and any forfeitures imposed under section 4923.99 of the Revised Code.

(C) The commission shall have no power to fix, alter, or establish rates for the transportation of persons or property, nor shall the commission have the power to require or accept the filing of tariffs establishing such rates, except that the commission may accept the filing of tariffs establishing rates for the transportation of household goods.

(D) A for-hire motor carrier may, at any time after a certificate of public convenience and necessity is granted or refused, file a new application or supplement a former application.

(E) The commission may deny issuance of a certificate of public convenience and necessity for failure to comply with this section or rules adopted under section 4921.05 of the Revised Code.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 6/11/2012.

4921.05 Manner and form of application.

The public utilities commission shall adopt rules prescribing the manner and form in which a person shall apply for a certificate of public convenience and necessity under section 4921.03 of the Revised Code. The rules shall include a requirement that applications be made in writing on the blanks furnished by the commission and contain any information and certifications deemed necessary by the commission to carry out this chapter.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 6/11/2012.

4921.07 Suspension; revocation.

(A) The public utilities commission shall adopt rules regarding procedures and timelines by which a certificate of public convenience and necessity issued under section 4921.03 of the Revised Code may be suspended. At a minimum, the rules shall require suspension of a certificate if the for-hire motor carrier does any of the following:

(1) Fails to file a complete and accurate application for the certificate under section 4921.03 of the Revised Code;

(2) Fails to maintain accurate and current business and insurance information with the commission;

(3) Fails to maintain proper proof of insurance or proper levels of insurance under section 4921.09 of the Revised Code;

(4) Fails to pay all applicable registration fees in accordance with rules adopted under section 4921.11 of the Revised Code, all applicable taxes under section 4921.19 of the Revised Code, and any forfeitures imposed under section 4923.99 of the Revised Code;

(5) Requests to suspend the carrier's operations.

(B)

(1) The commission shall adopt rules regarding procedures and timelines by which a certificate suspended under division (A) of this section may be revoked if the conditions giving rise to the suspension are not remedied.

(2) The commission shall provide the carrier with written notice indicating the nature of the deficiency, a proposed effective date of the revocation, and the means by which the deficiency may be remedied. The carrier may correct the identified deficiency or submit evidence refuting the proposed revocation within sixty days from the date of the notice. The commission may extend the sixty-day period for good cause shown. The commission may revoke the certificate after the remedy period if the carrier has not provided sufficient evidence to remedy the deficiency.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 6/11/2012.

4921.09 Proof of insurance requirements.

(A) No certificate of public convenience and necessity shall be issued by the public utilities commission to any for-hire motor carrier until the carrier has filed with the commission a liability insurance certificate, policy, or bond satisfactory to the commission, in the sum and with the provisions the commission considers necessary adequately to protect the interests of the public, having due regard for the number of persons and amount of property affected. The certificate, policy, or bond shall insure the carrier against loss sustained by reason of death or injuries to persons and for loss or damage to property resulting from the negligence of the carrier.

(B) No certificate for the transportation of household goods shall be issued to a for-hire motor carrier pursuant to sections 4921.30 to 4921.38 of the Revised Code until it has filed with the commission a freight cargo insurance certificate, policy, or bond that the commission has determined to be adequate to protect the interests of the shipping public.

(C) The Commission shall adopt rules to achieve the purposes of this section that are not incompatible with the requirements of the United States department of transportation. The rules shall at a minimum address all of the following:

(1) The minimum levels of financial responsibility for each type of for-hire motor carrier;

(2) The form and type of documents to be filed with the commission;

(3) The manner by which documents may be filed with the commission;

(4) The timelines for filing documents with the commission.

(D) If a certificate, policy, or bond required under division (A) of this section is canceled during its term or lapses for any reason, both of the following apply:

(1) All operations under the certificate of public convenience and necessity shall cease immediately, and further operations shall not be conducted until a replacement is filed with the commission under division (D)(2) of this section.

(2) The commission shall require the company to replace the certificate, policy, or bond with another that fully complies with the requirements of this section.

The certificate of public convenience and necessity shall be reinstated only after a satisfactory insurance certificate, policy, or bond has been filed with the commission.

(E) To ensure minimum standards of protection of consumers' household goods, the commission may adopt rules, not incompatible with the requirements of the United States department of transportation, governing requirements for cargo insurance for for-hire motor carriers engaged in the transportation of household goods over a public highway in this state.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 6/11/2012.

4921.11 Compliance with the unified carrier registration plan.

The public utilities commission shall adopt rules applicable to registration pursuant to the unified carrier registration plan, codified as 49 U.S.C. 14504a , and the rules, procedures, and fee schedules adopted thereunder, in accordance with division (G) of section 4921.19 of the Revised Code.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 6/11/2012.

4921.13 Filings and taxes.

(A) The public utilities commission shall adopt rules applicable to the filing of annual update forms and the payment of taxes by for-hire motor carriers. The rules shall not be incompatible with the requirements of the United States department of transportation. The rules shall at a minimum address all of the following:

(1) The information and certifications that must be provided to the commission on an annual update form, including a certification that the carrier continues to be in compliance with the applicable laws of this state.

(2) Documentation and information that must be provided regarding proof of financial responsibility;

(3) The form and manner in which taxes may be paid under section 4921.19 of the Revised Code.

(B) The rules may address any other information that the commission determines is necessary to carry out this section.

(C) A for-hire motor carrier shall not be issued a tax receipt under division (C) of section 4921.19 of the Revised Code until all of the following have been satisfied:

(1) A complete and accurate annual update form has been filed with the commission;

(2) Proof of financial responsibility remains in effect;

(3) All applicable registration fees in accordance with rules adopted under section 4921.11 of the Revised Code, all applicable taxes under section 4921.19 of the Revised Code, and any forfeitures imposed under section 4923.99 of the Revised Code have been paid in full.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 6/11/2012.

4921.15 Definitions for sections 4921.15, 4921.16, and 4921.19.

(A) As used in sections 4921.15, 4921.16 , and 4921.19 of the Revised Code:

(1) "Uniform registration" has the same meaning as "registration" as used in the final report submitted to the United States secretary of transportation, pursuant to subsection (c) of section 22 of the "Hazardous Materials Transportation Uniform Safety Act of 1990," 104 Stat. 3244, 49 U.S.C.A. App. 1819.

(2) "Uniform permit" has the same meaning as "permit" as used in the final report submitted to the United States secretary of transportation, pursuant to subsection (c) of section 22 of the "Hazardous Materials Transportation Uniform Safety Act of 1990," 104 Stat. 3244, 49 U.S.C.A. App. 1819.

(B)

(1) The public utilities commission may adopt rules applicable to the uniform registration and uniform permitting of persons engaged in the highway transportation of hazardous materials into, through, or within this state. The rules shall include rules staggering the registration date for those persons and reducing or extending, by no more than one year, the permit renewal period for those persons.

(2) For the purpose of minimizing filing requirements regarding any background investigation required for the issuance of a uniform permit as a carrier of hazardous wastes, the commission shall accept from any applicant for the permit any refiling of information the applicant has filed with the office of the attorney general under section 3734.42 of the Revised Code or any reference to that information if the refiled or referenced information is on file with the office of the attorney general, is accurate and timely for the commission's purposes under this section, and is supplemented by any additional information the commission requires. The office of the attorney general, as necessary for a background investigation, shall make accessible to the commission any information referenced or refiled in an application for a uniform permit as a carrier of hazardous wastes that the attorney general determines may be disclosed in accordance with section 3734.42 of the Revised Code. Nothing in sections 4921.15, 4921.16 , and division (H) of section 4921.19 of the Revised Code affects any limitations under section 3734.42 of the Revised Code on the disclosure of that information.

(C) The commission, as necessary to implement the rules adopted under division (B) of this section, may enter into agreements, contracts, arrangements, or declarations with other states and with the national repository, established pursuant to the final report submitted to the United States secretary of transportation, pursuant to subsection (c) of section 22 of the "Hazardous Materials Transportation Uniform Safety Act of 1990," 104 Stat. 3244, 49 U.S.C.A. App. 1819. The agreements, contracts, arrangements, or declarations shall include, but not be limited to, the determination of a base state, the collection of uniform registration fees, the frequency of distribution of uniform registration fees, procedures for dispute resolution, and protection of trade secrets and confidential business information.

(D) No person shall knowingly falsify or fail to submit any data, reports, records, or other information required to be submitted to the commission pursuant to this section or a rule adopted under it. For purposes of this division, a person acts knowingly if either of the following applies:

(1) The person has actual knowledge of the facts giving rise to the violation.

(2) A reasonable person acting in the circumstances and exercising due care would have such knowledge.

(E) After notice and opportunity for a hearing, the commission, pursuant to criteria set forth in rules adopted under division (B) of this section, may suspend, revoke, or deny the uniform permit as a carrier of hazardous materials of any person that has obtained or applied for such a uniform permit from the commission pursuant to rules adopted under that division, or the commission may order the suspension of the transportation of hazardous materials into, through, or within this state by a carrier that has obtained a uniform permit from another state that has a reciprocity agreement with the commission pursuant to division (C) of this section.

(F)

(1) The proceedings specified in division (E) of this section are subject to and governed by Chapter 4903. of the Revised Code, except as otherwise provided in this section. The court of appeals of Franklin county has exclusive original jurisdiction to review, modify, or vacate any order of the commission suspending, revoking, or denying a uniform permit as a carrier of hazardous materials of any person that has obtained or applied for a uniform permit from the commission pursuant to rules adopted under division (B) of this section, or any order of the commission suspending the transportation of hazardous materials into, through, or within this state by a carrier that has obtained a uniform permit from another state that has a reciprocity agreement with the commission under division (C) of this section. The court of appeals shall hear and determine those appeals in the same manner and under the same standards as the Ohio supreme court hears and determines appeals under Chapter 4903. of the Revised Code. The judgment of the court of appeals is final and conclusive unless reversed, vacated, or modified on appeal. Such appeals may be taken either by the commission or the person to whom the order was issued and shall proceed as in the case of appeals in civil actions as provided in Chapter 2505. of the Revised Code.

(2) Section 4903.11 of the Revised Code does not apply to appeals of any order of the commission suspending, revoking, or denying a uniform permit of a person that has obtained or applied for a uniform permit from the commission pursuant to rules adopted under division (B) of this section, or of any order of the commission suspending the transportation of hazardous materials into, through, or within this state by a carrier that has obtained a uniform permit from another state that has a reciprocity agreement with the commission pursuant to division (C) of this section. Any person to whom such an order is issued who wishes to contest the order shall file, within sixty days after the entry of the order upon the journal of the commission, a notice of appeal, setting forth the order appealed from and the errors complained of. The notice of appeal shall be served, unless waived, upon the chairperson of the commission or, in the event of the chairperson's absence, upon any public utilities commissioner, or by leaving a copy at the office of the commission at Columbus. On appeal, the court shall reverse, vacate, or modify the order if, upon consideration of the record, the court is of the opinion that the order was unlawful or unreasonable.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 6/11/2012.

4921.16 Public records; exceptions; liability.

(A) Information submitted to the public utilities commission as part of a uniform registration application, pursuant to rules adopted under division (B) of section 4921.15 of the Revised Code, is a public record and is subject to section 149.43 of the Revised Code.

(B) Except for information related to corporate structure and personnel, information that is submitted to the commission as part of a uniform permit application, pursuant to rules adopted under division (B) of section 4921.15 of the Revised Code, is a public record and is subject to section 149.43 of the Revised Code. Information that is related to corporate structure and personnel that is submitted to the commission as part of a uniform permit application, pursuant to rules adopted under division (B) of section 4921.15 of the Revised Code, is not a public record and is not subject to section 149.43 of the Revised Code. Except as provided in division (D) of this section, the commission shall not disclose to any person any information that is related to corporate structure and personnel that is submitted as part of a uniform permit application.

(C) Information that is submitted for any background investigation for an application for a uniform permit as a carrier of hazardous wastes is not a public record and is not subject to section 149.43 of the Revised Code. Except as provided in division (D) of this section, the commission shall not disclose to any person any information submitted for any background investigation for such an application.

(D) The commission may disclose to its authorized employees and to any federal agencies, state agencies of this state or another state, local government agencies of this state or another state, or the national repository established pursuant to the final report submitted to the United States secretary of transportation, pursuant to subsection (c) of section 22 of the "Hazardous Materials Transportation Uniform Safety Act of 1990," 104 Stat. 3244, 49 U.S.C.A. App. 1819, any information submitted to the commission as part of a uniform permit application that is related to corporate structure and personnel or submitted for any background investigation for an application for a uniform permit as a carrier of hazardous wastes if all of the following conditions are met:

(1) The commission enters into a confidentiality agreement with the employee, agency, or national repository under which that employee or entity agrees not to disclose to any third party any information related to corporate structure or personnel or any information submitted as part of a background investigation unless the third party enters into a confidentiality agreement with the commission consistent with this division.

(2) The employee, agency, or national repository certifies to the commission that it is not required by any state or federal law to disclose any information related to corporate structure or personnel or any information submitted as part of a background investigation.

(3) The federal agency, state or local government agency of another state, or national repository irrevocably consents in writing to the jurisdiction of the courts of this state and service of process in this state, including, without limitation, summonses and subpoenas, for any civil proceeding arising out of an intentional disclosure of information in violation of this division.

(E) Any person who intentionally discloses information in violation of division (D) of this section is liable to the owner of the information for civil damages caused by the disclosure.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 6/11/2012.

4921.19 Payment of taxes; amounts.

(A) Every for-hire motor carrier operating in this state shall, at the time of the issuance of a certificate of public convenience and necessity under section 4921.03 of the Revised Code, pay to the public utilities commission, for and on behalf of the treasurer of state, the following taxes:

(1) For each motor vehicle used for transporting persons, thirty dollars;

(2) For each commercial tractor, as defined in section 4501.01 of the Revised Code, used for transporting property, thirty dollars;

(3) For each other motor vehicle transporting property, twenty dollars.

(B) Every for-hire motor carrier operating in this state solely in intrastate commerce shall, annually between the first day of May and the thirtieth day of June, pay to the commission, for and on behalf of the treasurer of state, the following taxes:

(1) For each motor vehicle used for transporting persons, thirty dollars;

(2) For each commercial tractor, as defined in section 4501.01 of the Revised Code, used for transporting property, thirty dollars;

(3) For each other motor vehicle transporting property, twenty dollars.

(C) After a for-hire motor carrier has paid the applicable taxes under division (B) of this section and all requirements under division (C) of section 4921.13 of the Revised Code have been met, the commission shall issue the carrier a tax receipt. The carrier shall carry a copy of the tax receipt in each motor vehicle operated by the carrier. The carrier shall maintain the original copy of the tax receipt at the carrier's primary place of business.

(D) A trailer used by a for-hire motor carrier shall not be taxed under this section.

(E) The annual tax levied by division (B) of this section does not apply in those cases where the commission finds that the movement of agricultural commodities or foodstuffs produced therefrom requires a temporary and seasonal use of vehicular equipment for a period of not more than ninety days. In such event, the tax on the vehicular equipment shall be twenty-five per cent of the annual tax levied by division (B) of this section. If any vehicular equipment is used in excess of the ninety-day period, the annual tax levied by this section shall be paid.

(F) All taxes levied by division (B) of this section shall be reckoned as from the beginning of the quarter in which the tax receipt is issued or as from when the use of equipment under any existing tax receipt began.

(G) The fees for unified carrier registration pursuant to section 4921.11 of the Revised Code shall be identical to those established by the unified carrier registration act board as approved by the federal motor carrier safety administration for each year.

(H)

(1) The fees for uniform registration and a uniform permit as a carrier of hazardous materials pursuant to section 4921.15 of the Revised Code shall consist of the following:

(a) A processing fee of fifty dollars;

(b) An apportioned per-truck registration fee, which shall be calculated by multiplying the percentage of a registrant's activity in this state times the percentage of the registrant's business that is hazardous-materials-related, times the number of vehicles owned or operated by the registrant, times a per-truck fee determined by order of the commission following public notice and an opportunity for comment.

(i) The percentage of a registrant's activity in this state shall be calculated by dividing the number of miles that the registrant travels in this state under the international registration plan, pursuant to section 4503.61 of the Revised Code, by the number of miles that the registrant travels nationwide under the international registration plan. Registrants that operate solely within this state shall use one hundred per cent as their percentage of activity. Registrants that do not register their vehicles through the international registration plan shall calculate activity in the state in the same manner as that required by the international registration plan.

(ii) The percentage of a registrant's business that is hazardous-materials-related shall be calculated, for less-than-truckload shipments, by dividing the weight of all the registrant's hazardous materials shipments by the total weight of all shipments in the previous year. The percentage of a registrant's business that is hazardous-materials-related shall be calculated, for truckload shipments, by dividing the number of shipments for which placarding, marking of the vehicle, or manifesting, as appropriate, was required by regulations adopted under sections 4 to 6 of the "Hazardous Materials Transportation Uniform Safety Act of 1990," 104 Stat. 3244, 49 U.S.C. App. 1804, by the total number of the registrant's shipments that transported any kind of goods in the previous year. A registrant that transports both less-than-truckload and truckload shipments of hazardous materials shall calculate the percentage of business that is hazardous-materials-related on a proportional basis.

(iii) A registrant may utilize fiscal year, or calendar year, or other current company accounting data, or other publicly available information, in calculating the percentages required by divisions (H)(1)(b)(i) and (ii) of this section.

(2) The commission, after notice and opportunity for a hearing, may assess each carrier a fee for any background investigation required for the issuance, for the purpose of section 3734.15 of the Revised Code, of a uniform permit as a carrier of hazardous wastes and fees related to investigations and proceedings for the denial, suspension, or revocation of a uniform permit as a carrier of hazardous materials. The fees shall not exceed the reasonable costs of the investigations and proceedings. The fee for a background investigation for a uniform permit as a carrier of hazardous wastes shall be six hundred dollars plus the costs of obtaining any necessary information not included in the permit application, to be calculated at the rate of thirty dollars per hour, not exceeding six hundred dollars, plus any fees payable to obtain necessary information.

(I) The application fee for a certificate for the transportation of household goods issued pursuant to sections 4921.30 to 4921.38 of the Revised Code shall be based on the certificate holder's gross revenue, in the prior year, for the intrastate transportation of household goods. The commission shall establish, by order, ranges of gross revenue and the fee for each range. The fees shall be set in amounts sufficient to carry out the purposes of sections 4921.30 to 4921.38 and 4923.99 of the Revised Code and, to the extent necessary, the commission shall make changes to the fee structure to ensure that neither over nor under collection of the fees occurs. The fees shall also take into consideration the revenue generated from the assessment of forfeitures under section 4923.99 of the Revised Code regarding the consumer protection provisions applicable to for-hire motor carriers engaged in the transportation of household goods.

(J) The fees and taxes provided under this section shall be in addition to taxes, fees, and charges fixed and exacted by other sections of the Revised Code, except the assessments required by section 4905.10 of the Revised Code, but all fees, license fees, annual payments, license taxes, or taxes or other money exactions, except the general property tax, assessed, charged, fixed, or exacted by local authorities such as municipal corporations, townships, counties, or other local boards, or the officers of such subdivisions are illegal and, are superseded by sections 4503.04 and 4905.03 and Chapter 4921. of the Revised Code. On compliance with sections 4503.04 and 4905.03 and Chapter 4921. of the Revised Code, all local ordinances, resolutions, by laws, and rules in force shall cease to be operative as to the persons in compliance, except that such local subdivisions may make reasonable local police regulations within their respective boundaries not inconsistent with sections 4503.04 and 4905.03 and Chapter 4921. of the Revised Code.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 6/11/2012.

4921.21 Public utilities transportation safety fund.

(A) As used in this section, "adjusted credit amount" means the aggregate amount credited to the public utilities transportation safety fund, less the sum of all of the following:

(1) The fees collected by the public utilities commission, in accordance with the unified carrier registration plan under section 4921.11 of the Revised Code, that exceed the federal certification of revenue for each year of the plan;

(2) The fees collected by the commission on behalf of other states under division (C) of section 4921.15 of the Revised Code;

(3) The forfeitures collected by the commission under section 4923.99 of the Revised Code for violations of rules adopted under division (A)(2) of section 4923.04 of the Revised Code.

(B)

(1) There is hereby created in the state treasury the public utilities transportation safety fund. The fees collected in accordance with the unified carrier registration plan under section 4921.11 of the Revised Code, the fees collected under section 4921.15 of the Revised Code, the taxes and fees remitted under section 4921.19 of the Revised Code, the forfeitures imposed under section 4923.99 of the Revised Code, except as provided in division (B)(2) of this section, and the fines collected under section 4163.07 of the Revised Code shall be deposited into the state treasury to the credit of the public utilities transportation safety fund, until the adjusted credit amount in a fiscal year is equal to the total amount appropriated from the fund for the fiscal year. Once this point of parity is reached, any additional fees, taxes, forfeitures, or fines received during the fiscal year shall be credited to the general revenue fund, except as provided in division (B)(2) of this section, and except for both of the following:

(a) The fees collected in accordance with the unified carrier registration plan under section 4921.11 of the Revised Code, that exceed the federal certification of revenue for each year of the plan;

(b) The fees collected on behalf of other states under division (C) of section 4921.15 of the Revised Code.

(2) The first eight hundred thousand dollars of forfeitures collected under section 4923.99 of the Revised Code, for violations of rules adopted under division (A)(2) of section 4923.04 of the Revised Code, during each fiscal year shall be credited to the public utilities transportation safety fund. Any forfeitures in excess of that amount shall be deposited into the general revenue fund. In each fiscal year, the commission shall distribute moneys from these forfeitures credited to the public utilities transportation safety fund for the purposes of emergency response planning and the training of safety, enforcement, and emergency services personnel in proper techniques for the management of hazardous materials releases that occur during transportation or otherwise. For these purposes, fifty per cent of all such moneys credited to the public utilities transportation safety fund shall be distributed to Cleveland state university, forty-five per cent shall be distributed to other educational institutions, state agencies, regional planning commissions, and political subdivisions, and five per cent shall be retained by the commission for the administration of this section and for training employees. However, if, in any such period, moneys from these forfeitures credited to the public utilities transportation safety fund equal an amount less than four hundred thousand dollars, the commission shall distribute, to the extent of the aggregate amount of those moneys, two hundred thousand dollars to Cleveland state university and the remainder to other educational institutions, state agencies, regional planning commissions, and political subdivisions.

(C) The purpose of the public utilities transportation safety fund shall be for defraying all expenses incident to maintaining the nonrailroad transportation activities of the commission.

(D) There is hereby created in the state treasury the federal commercial vehicle transportation systems fund. The fund shall consist of money received from the United States department of transportation's commercial vehicle intelligent transportation systems infrastructure deployment program. The public utilities commission shall use the fund to deploy the Ohio commercial vehicle information systems networks project and to improve safety of motor carrier operations through electronic exchange of data.

(E) There is hereby created in the state treasury the motor carrier safety fund. The fund shall consist of money received from the United States department of transportation for motor carrier safety. The commission shall use the fund to administer the state's motor carrier safety assistance program and associated grants, including the motor carrier safety assistance program basic grant, the incentive grant, the high priority grants, the new entrant safety assurance grant, the safety data improvement grant, or their equivalents.

(F) If the director of budget and management determines there is not sufficient money in the public utilities transportation safety fund, the director shall transfer money from the general revenue fund to the public utilities transportation safety fund in an amount up to the difference between the balance of the public utilities transportation safety fund and the appropriations from that fund. If the director subsequently determines during the fiscal year that the balance of the public utilities transportation safety fund exceeds the amount needed to support the appropriations from the fund, the director shall transfer the excess money, up to the amount of the original transfer, to the general revenue fund.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 6/11/2012.

4921.25 Towing entities subject to chapter.

Any person, firm, copartnership, voluntary association, joint-stock association, company, or corporation, wherever organized or incorporated, that is engaged in the towing of motor vehicles is subject to regulation by the public utilities commission as a for-hire motor carrier under this chapter. Such an entity is not subject to any ordinance, rule, or resolution of a municipal corporation, county, or township that provides for the licensing, registering, or regulation of entities that tow motor vehicles.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 6/11/2012.

4921.30 Motor carriers engaged in transportation of household goods.

Except as otherwise provided in sections 4921.32 to 4921.38 of the Revised Code, a for-hire motor carrier engaged in the transportation of household goods in intrastate commerce:

(A) Is subject to Chapter 4921. of the Revised Code and to all other provisions of the Revised Code applicable to a for-hire motor carrier, including sections 4506.22 , 4511.78 , 5502.01 , 5503.02 , and 5503.34 of the Revised Code;

(B) Is not a public utility as defined in section 4911.01 of the Revised Code.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 6/11/2012.

4921.32 Establishment of certification system.

Notwithstanding any provision of this chapter or Chapters 4901. to 4909. and 4923. of the Revised Code to the contrary:

(A) Not later than six months after the effective date of this section, the public utilities commission, in accordance with sections 4921.30 to 4921.38 of the Revised Code, shall establish by order a certification system for for-hire motor carriers engaged in the transportation of household goods in intrastate commerce.

(B) Beginning on the effective date of the order of the commission as initially issued under division (A) of this section, no for-hire motor carrier shall engage in the transportation of household goods in intrastate commerce without first holding a current and valid certificate for the transportation of household goods issued by the commission pursuant to sections 4921.30 to 4921.38 of the Revised Code.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 6/11/2012.

4921.34 Approval by commission.

(A) The public utilities commission shall approve an application for a certificate for the transportation of household goods under sections 4921.30 to 4921.38 of the Revised Code and shall issue a certificate, provided the applicant pays the applicable application fee under division (I) of section 4921.19 of the Revised Code and submits to the commission a completed application, on a form prescribed by the commission, that is substantially the same as the application prescribed by the commission pursuant to section 4921.05 of the Revised Code, and includes a certification of all of the following by responsible officials of the applicant:

(1) The applicant's workers' compensation coverage is current pursuant to Chapter 4123. of the Revised Code.

(2) The applicant's unemployment compensation coverage is current pursuant to Chapter 4141. of the Revised Code.

(3) The applicant's financial responsibility is in accordance with rules adopted by the commission under section 4921.09 of the Revised Code.

(B) The commission shall not approve any application that does not contain the proper certifications required by this section. The commission may revoke a certificate issued under division (A) of this section if, after at least fifteen days' advance notice to the certificate holder of the basis for such action and providing the holder with an opportunity for a hearing, the commission finds that the holder is not in compliance with this chapter, or rules adopted or orders issued under it.

(C) A certificate issued under division (A) of this section is valid for one year and is renewable annually.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 6/11/2012.

4921.36 Transporters of household goods; additional requirements.

Each holder of a certificate for the transportation of household goods shall do all of the following:

(A) Make its current certificate available for public inspection during normal business hours;

(B) Present each of its customers with information, written in plain and clear language and pursuant to a form prescribed by the public utilities commission, outlining a consumer's rights;

(C) Include its certificate number on all advertising, written estimates, and contracts, pursuant to rules adopted by the commission.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 6/11/2012.

4921.38 Optional rule authority.

In accordance with sections 4921.30 to 4921.36 of the Revised Code, the public utilities commission may adopt rules regarding any of the following:

(A) Providing for binding estimates by for-hire motor carriers engaged in the transportation of household goods in intrastate commerce;

(B) Providing for guaranteed-not-to-exceed estimates by those carriers;

(C) Requiring those carriers to include their certificate number in all advertising, written estimates, and contracts related to the transportation of household goods in intrastate commerce;

(D) As are necessary and proper to carry out this chapter with respect to those carriers;

(E) Providing for the enforcement of the consumer protection provisions of Title 49 of the United States Code related to the delivery and transportation of household goods in interstate commerce, as permitted by 49 U.S.C. 14710 .

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.127, HB 487, §101.01, eff. 6/11/2012.