Program Authorization: La. Constitution, Article IV, Sec. 21; R.S. 45:162 - 180; 45:1161 et seq.
The mission of the Motor Carrier Registration Program is to provide fair and impartial regulation of the intrastate common and contract carriers offering services for hire. The number of companies regulated in FY 1996-97 was 40,056.
The goal of the Motor Carrier Registration Program is to provide staff support to the Louisiana Public Service Commission in the application and enforcement of motor carrier laws, substantive rules and orders of the commission that are designed to ensure the public of safe, dependable transportation services and to guard against unjust, reasonable and discriminatory rates and changes.
This program is also responsible for the regulation of the financial responsibility and lawfulness of interstate motor carriers operating into or through Louisiana in interstate commerce. In 1991, the U.S. Congress passed legislation that changed the interstate authority registration program to a Single State Registration System (SSRS) for carriers regulated by the Interstate Commerce Commission. This program, which became effective on January 1, 1994, requires each vehicle to carry in its cab a copy of a receipt issued by the base registration state. In August 1993, carriers began registering with their domiciled state for travel in all states. A registration period runs from January 1 through December 31 and registration must be renewed, for a fee, each year. The domiciled state processes and forwards appropriate fees to other states in a timely manner.
The Motor Carrier Registration Program 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; 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 division also is responsible for analysis and reporting of cases to the Commission before and after hearings; preparation of orders after a decision by the commission; service of 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 handles 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
1. In FY 1998-99, the Motor Carrier Program will process all insurance filings within five working days of receipt.
2. In FY 1998-99, the Motor Carrier Program will process all Single State Registration System (SSRS) registrations applications within seven working days of receipt.
3. In FY 1998-99, the Motor Carrier Program will perform a minimum of 45,000 vehicle inspections.
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
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 98.6% of the existing operating budget. It represents 87.8% of the total request ($1,185,570) for this program. The reduced funding is due to the removal of funding for nonrecurring acquisitions, the retirement rate adjustment and the attrition adjustment.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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