(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.