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Program C: Motor Carrier Registration

Program Authorization: R.S. 45:162-180; R.S. 45:1161 et seq.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Motor Carrier Registration Program is:

The goals of the Motor Carrier Registration Program are:

  1. Provide fair and equal treatment in the application and enforcement of motor carrier laws.
  2. Administer the rules and orders of the Public Service Commission to assure the public of safe and dependable transportation services.
  3. Protect the consumer and carriers against unjust, unreasonable, and discriminatory rates and charges.
  4. Enhance consistency in interpretation, application, and enforcement of regulatory/administrative functions.
  5. Ensure compliance with established tariffs and rates.
  6. Provide more effective enforcement activities to improve carrier compliance with regulatory requirements.

The Motor Carrier Program (organizationally expressed as the Motor Carrier Division) includes the following activities: Administrative Section and Enforcement Section.

The Administrative Section processes the paperwork necessary for a company to engage legally in transportation services within and through the state. It receives, examines, and dockets applications for operating rights, changes in rules or regulations, discontinuance or changes in service or facilities; processes other matters requiring a hearing; and interprets operating authorities and offers advice to those seeking to engage in transportation services. This section also is responsible for analyzing and reporting cases to the commission before and after hearings; preparing orders after a decision by the commission; serving orders and compliance; and offering specialized testimony before the commission or court. The section maintains records of liability and cargo insurance on interstate and intrastate common and contract-for-hire motor carriers and receives and processes complaints made by shippers, receivers, and carriers.

The Enforcement Section (which operates in the field, statewide) is concerned with compliance regarding the rates, services, and practices of motor carriers operating in, to, and through Louisiana in intrastate or interstate commerce. Enforcement officers work at highway weigh scales and conduct road checks along the highway. When violations are detected, a violation ticket is issued and an appearance bond is collected. The officer appears at hearings and gives sworn testimony regarding violations. Complaints received from carriers regarding possible violations by another carrier are handled by these officers.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indicators are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).

 

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded from Statutory Dedications generated from inspection and supervision fees paid by common carriers and contract carriers. Additionally, various fees such as fines, filing fees, I.D. stamps, rehearing applications, registration fees, etc. are collected by the Public Service Commission for administering this program. (Per R.S. 39:32B.(8), see table below for a listing of expenditures out of each Statutory Dedicated Fund.)

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$1,042,116

25

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$1,042,116

25

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET November 20, 1998

         

$0

$9,804

0

 

Annualization of FY 1998 1999 Classified State Employees Merit Increase

$0

$5,482

0

 

Classified State Employees Merit Increases for FY 1999 2000

$0

$64,800

0

 

Acquisitions and Major Repairs

$0

($78,240)

0

 

Nonrecurring Acquisitions and Major Repairs

$0

$87,504

0

 

Salary Base Adjustment

$0

($16,809)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment

$0

($104,015)

0

Salary Funding from Other Line Items

$0

$11,470

0

 

Other Adjustments Additional funding for Termination Pay for Retiring Employees

$0

$82,009

3

 

Other Adjustments Enforcement Personnel for Personally owned Coin Operated phones

$0

$1,000

0

 

Other Adjustments Funding for AXXIS Document Imaging System, Y2K Wiring Requirements

$0

$18,488

0

 

Other Adjustments Uniform Cleaning Allowances 

$0

($51,932)

(1)

 

Other Technical Adjustments Transfer of Attorney Position to Administrative Program

$0

($34,407)

(1)

 

Other Technical Adjustments Transfer of PSC Transportation Enforcement Position to District Offices Program

$0

$1,037,270

26

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

($4,846)

1

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 99.5% of the existing operating budget. It represents 86.1% of the total request ($1,204,713) for this program. The reduced funding is due to the removal of funding for nonrecurring acquisitions and other technical adjustments.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

This program does not have funding for Professional Services for Fiscal Year 1999-2000.

OTHER CHARGES

$1,000

 

AXXIS Document Imaging System

$18,488

 

Uniform Cleaning Allowance

 

 

 

$19,488

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

 

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$36,000

 

Replacement of two vehicles with over 100,000 miles

$28,800

 

Replacement of computer equipment and office furniture

$5,000

 

Office furniture for Enforcement Section

 

 

 

$69,800

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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