SB 58
Modifies various provisions relating to the regulation of transportation
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5/13/2011 - S Calendar S Bills with H Amendments--SS for SCS for SB 58-Stouffer and Lembke, with HCS, as amended
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Effective Date:
August 28, 2011
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Current Bill Summary

HCS/SS/SCS/SB 58 - This act modifies various provisions relating to the regulation of transportation.

SERGEANT JOE C. SPECKER MEMORIAL HIGHWAY - This act designates a portion of Interstate 70 in Lafayette County as the "Sergeant Joe C. Specker Memorial Highway" (Section 227.428).

WINNING WOMEN SPECIAL LICENSE PLATE - This act changes the name of the Missouri Women's Council special license plate to the WINNING WOMEN special license plate. Emblem-use authorization fees must be submitted to Winning Women rather than the Friends of the Missouri Women's Council (Section 301.3084).

USE OF PUBLIC STREETS - This act requires a municipality to allow at least one street, with lawful traffic movement and access from both directions, to be used by commercial vehicles to access any roads in the state highway system (Section 304.120). The act also prohibits any civil action for a public or private nuisance on the basis of an individual or business entity legally using a vehicle on a public street or highway (Section 537.293). These provisions may also be found in the truly agreed to version of HB 430 (2011).

PROOF OF PAYMENT OF PROPERTY TAXES IN ORDER TO MOVE MANUFACTURED HOME - This act prohibits the issuance of oversize permits to manufactured home owners unless the owners pay all applicable property taxes on the manufactured homes. The manufactured home owner must carry a receipt from the county collector showing all property taxes have been paid on the home at all times during the manufactured home is transported (Section 304.200). This provision may also be found in the truly agreed to version of HB 430 (2011).

REGULATION OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS MOVERS - This act modifies provisions relating to the regulation of household goods movers. These provisions are similar to the ones contained in the truly agreed to version of HB 430 (2011).

Under the terms of this act, household goods movers will no longer have to file their schedule of rates, fares and charges with the state highways and transportation commission. A household goods mover must maintain and publish its schedules of rates, fares, rules, and charges in its stations and offices. Such rates shall be available for inspection by the commission, shippers, and the public (Sections 387.040 and 387.050).

This act prohibits household goods movers from participating in joint tariffs. The act allows joint tariffs relating to the transportation of household goods over through routes or in interline service involving two or more separate motor carriers. Carriers of household goods participating in through routes or interline service shall publish joint tariffs or individual tariffs for each participating carrier (no longer have to file joint tariffs with the commission). In addition, household goods movers will no longer be required to file sworn copies of every contract with other motor carriers with the commission (Sections 387.080 and 390.116).

Under current law, household goods carriers are prohibited from using schedules of rates that divide the state into territorial rate areas. This act removes this restriction (Section 387.110).

Under the terms of this act, the commission no longer has the authority to fix rates with reference to the transportation of household goods. Rates published by household goods movers are presumed to prima facie lawful (Section 387.207)

Under this act, all rate orders issued by the commission affecting the transportation of household goods, to the extent such rate orders prescribe any minimum or maximum rates for the transportation of such goods, shall be vacated. Other provisions contained in the rate orders unrelated to prescribing maximum or minimum rates shall not be vacated (Section 387.355).

The act eliminates the requirement that household goods or non charter passenger carriers demonstrate that their proposed service will serve a useful present or future public purpose when applying for a certificate of authority or permit. Concomitantly, applicants for household goods or passenger certificates or permits will not have to satisfy the public convenience and necessity test when proposing a new service, an extension of existing service, or a transfer of authority. An applicant for a household goods or passenger certificate of authority or permit will have to show that they are fit, willing, and able to perform the service, and that they will conform to other standards established by law.

Under this act, the commission shall not restrict any certificate or permit authorizing the transportation of household goods or passengers with reference to any route or routes (Sections 390.051 and 390.061).

Under this act, any geographic restriction or provision limiting a household goods carrier's scope of authority to particular routes within this state contained in a certificate or permit, or both, which was issued prior to August 28, 2011, and any similar provision contained in a carrier's tariff schedule filed prior to such date, shall be deemed void. In lieu of the geographic restrictions expressed in such certificates, permits, or tariff schedules, a motor carrier shall be authorized to provide intrastate transportation of household goods between all points and destinations within the state until such time the certificates, permits, and tariff schedules are reissued or amended to reflect the motor carrier's statewide operating authority. Under the act, nothing shall be construed as exempting carriers transporting passengers within the jurisdiction exercised by the regional taxicab commission from the provisions of the Regional Taxicab District Act (Section 390.280).

Beginning August 28, 2011, no certificate of authority or permit shall be issued or renewed unless the applicant demonstrates that the applicant has workers' compensation insurance coverage that complies with Missouri law for all its employees. If any household goods carrier is found by the Division of Workers' Compensation to be out of compliance with the workers' compensation law, the division shall report such fact to the state Highways and Transportation Commission. The commission shall suspend the household goods carrier's certificate or permit until such time the carrier demonstrates that it has procured workers' compensation insurance coverage (Section 390.054).

This act requires the commission to establish consumer protection requirements for motor carriers transporting household goods in intrastate commerce (Section 387.137 ).

This act requires the Division of Motor Carriers to develop a complaint process. The complaint process shall keep a record for each complaint and shall record findings made at each step of the complaint process, provide an explanation for a complaint dismissal, and provide other information (Section 387.139).