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CHAPTER 24A. COMMERCIAL MOTOR CARRIERS.
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ARTICLE 3. CONTRACT CARRIERS BY MOTOR VEHICLES.
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§24A-3-1. Regulation required.
It is hereby declared that the business of contract carriers
by motor vehicle is affected with a public interest and that the
safety and welfare of the public, the preservation and
maintenance of the public highways, and the integrity of the
regulation of common carriers require the regulation of contract
carriers by motor vehicle to the extent herein provided.
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§24A-3-2. Provisions of chapter to govern.
No contract carrier by motor vehicle shall operate any motor
vehicle for the transportation of either persons or property for
hire on any public highway in this state except in accordance
with the provisions of this chapter.
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(a) Required; application; hearing; granting.
-- It shall
be unlawful for any contract carrier by motor vehicle to operate
within this state without first having obtained from the
commission a permit. Upon the filing of an application for such
permit, the commission shall fix a time and place for hearing
thereon: Provided, however,
That the commission may, after
giving notice as hereinafter provided and if no protest is
received, waive formal hearing on such application. Said notice
shall be by publication which shall state that formal hearing may
be waived in the absence of protest to such application. Such
notice shall be published as a Class I legal advertisement in
compliance with the provisions of article three, chapter fifty-nine of this code, and the publication area for such publication
shall be the area of operation. Such notice shall be published
at least ten days prior to the date of hearing. After hearing or
waiver of hearing as aforesaid, as the case may be, the
commission shall grant or deny the permit prayed for or grant it
for the partial exercise only of the privilege sought, and may
attach to the exercise of the privilege granted by such permit
such terms and conditions as in its judgment are proper and will
carry out the purposes of this chapter. No permit shall be
granted unless the applicant has established to the satisfaction
of the commission that the privilege sought will not endanger the
safety of the public or unduly interfere with the use of the
highways or impair unduly the condition or unduly increase the
maintenance cost of such highways, directly or indirectly, or impair the efficient public service of any authorized common
carrier or common carriers adequately serving the same territory.
(b) Rules and regulations; evidence at hearing. -- The
commission shall prescribe such rules and regulations as it may
deem proper for the enforcement of the provisions of this section
and may designate any of its employees to take evidence at the
hearing on any application for a permit and submit findings of
fact as a part of report or reports to be made to the commission.
(c) Permit not franchise, etc.; assignment or transfer. --
No permit issued in accordance with the terms of this chapter
shall be construed to be either a franchise or irrevocable or to
confer any proprietary or property rights in the use of the
public highways. No permit issued under this chapter shall be
assigned or otherwise transferred without the approval of the
commission. Upon the death of a person holding a permit, his
personal representative or representatives may operate under such
permit while the same remains in force and effect and, with the
consent of the commission, may transfer such permit.
(d) Suspension, revocation or amendment. -- The commission
may at any time, for good cause, suspend and, upon not less than
fifteen days' notice to the grantee of any permit and an
opportunity to be heard, revoke or amend any permit.
(e) Notice of cessation or abandonment. -- Every contract
carrier by motor vehicle who shall cease operation or abandon his
rights under a permit issued shall notify the commission within
thirty days of such cessation or abandonment.
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§24A-3-4. Regulatory powers of commission.
The commission is hereby vested with power and authority,
and it shall be its duty, to supervise and regulate contract
carriers by motor vehicle for the purpose of promoting safety of
their operation as transportation agencies upon the highways; to
regulate and supervise the accounts and method of keeping the
same; to prescribe such rules and regulations as it may deem
necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter; and to
supervise and regulate contract carriers by motor vehicle in all
matters affecting the relationship between such carriers and the
traveling and shipping public.
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§24A-3-5. Undue preference prohibited.
Every contract carrier by motor vehicle is hereby forbidden
to give or cause any undue or unreasonable advantage or
preference to those whom it serves as compared with the patrons
of any common carrier by motor vehicle as that term is used in
this chapter, or the patrons of any other common carrier, or to
subject the patrons of any such common carriers to any undue or
unreasonable discrimination or disadvantage; or by unfair
competition to destroy or impair the service or business of any
common carrier by motor vehicle, or of any other common carrier,
or the integrity of the state's regulation of any such service or
business; and, to the end that the said commission may enforce
these provisions, each such contract carrier by motor vehicle
shall maintain on file with the commission a statement of its
charges, and of such other matters as the commission may require.
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§24A-3-6. Rules and regulations; minimum rates, fares and
The commission is hereby vested with power and authority,
and it is hereby made its duty, to prescribe rules and
regulations covering the operations of contract carriers by motor
vehicles in competition with common carriers of this state, and
the commission shall prescribe minimum rates, fares, and charges
to be collected by such contract carriers by motor vehicle, which
shall not be less than the rates prescribed for common carriers
by motor vehicles for substantially the same service.