CHAPTER 245c*

MOTOR CARRIERS OF PROPERTY FOR HIRE

*Cited. 219 C. 168.

Table of Contents

Sec. 13b-387. (Formerly Sec. 16-281). Definitions.

Sec. 13b-387a. Transfer of powers and duties.

Sec. 13b-388. (Formerly Sec. 16-282). Exceptions.

Sec. 13b-389. (Formerly Sec. 16-283). Certificate of public convenience and necessity. Penalty.

Sec. 13b-390. (Formerly Sec. 16-284). Hearing on application for certificate.

Sec. 13b-391. (Formerly Sec. 16-285). Issuance of certificates.

Sec. 13b-392. (Formerly Sec. 16-286). Considerations for granting certificate.

Sec. 13b-393. (Formerly Sec. 16-287). Schedule of rates to be filed by household goods carriers. Maximum and minimum rates.

Sec. 13b-394. (Formerly Sec. 16-288). Discrimination prohibited.

Sec. 13b-395. (Formerly Sec. 16-289). Change in rates.

Sec. 13b-396. (Formerly Sec. 16-290). Bills of lading.

Sec. 13b-396a. Printed advertisements required to state certificate number and federal permit or registration number.

Sec. 13b-397. (Formerly Sec. 16-291). Motor contract carriers; declaration of policy.

Sec. 13b-398. (Formerly Sec. 16-292). Permit for motor contract carrier.

Sec. 13b-399. (Formerly Sec. 16-293). Hearing on application for permit.

Sec. 13b-400. (Formerly Sec. 16-294). Issuance of permit.

Sec. 13b-401. (Formerly Sec. 16-295). Terms and conditions of permit.

Sec. 13b-402. (Formerly Sec. 16-296). Motor contract carrier rates.

Sec. 13b-403. (Formerly Sec. 16-297). When motor contract carrier presumed to be household goods carrier.

Secs. 13b-404, 13b-404a and 13b-405. (Formerly Secs. 16-298, 16-298a and 16-299). Interstate carrier; permit; identification stamps; cab cards. Interstate carriers exempt from Interstate Commerce Commission regulation; registration. Application for certificate or permit; identification stamps; cab cards.

Sec. 13b-406. (Formerly Sec. 16-300). Transfer of certificate or permit.

Sec. 13b-407. (Formerly Sec. 16-301). Revocation of certificate or permit. Hearing. Notice.

Sec. 13b-408. (Formerly Sec. 16-302). Certificate or permit effective until revoked or suspended.

Sec. 13b-409. (Formerly Sec. 16-303). Both certificate and permit not to be held.

Sec. 13b-410. (Formerly Sec. 16-304). Jurisdiction of commissioner. Penalties.

Sec. 13b-410a. Interstate motor carriers regulated by federal unified carrier registration system. Annual filing fees.

Sec. 13b-410b. Regulations re payment of annual fees for filing proof of insurance by motor carriers for hire exempt from federal regulation.

Sec. 13b-410c. Intrastate household goods carrier certificate. Intrastate motor contract carrier permit. Application. Fee. Regulations re annual fee for filing proof of insurance.

Sec. 13b-411. (Formerly Sec. 16-305). Certain rates exempt.

Sec. 13b-412. (Formerly Sec. 16-306). Illegal reduction of rate.

Sec. 13b-413. (Formerly Sec. 16-307). Appeal.

Sec. 13b-414. (Formerly Sec. 16-308). Penalties. Procedure.

Sec. 13b-415. Motor carrier obligation re operator’s skills, capability and fitness.


Sec. 13b-387. (Formerly Sec. 16-281). Definitions. The following terms shall have the meanings herein specified, when used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise indicates:

(1) “Household goods” means personal effects and property used or to be used in a dwelling when a part of the equipment or supply of such dwelling;

(2) “Household goods carrier” means any person who operates motor vehicles over the highways of this state, whether over regular or irregular routes, in the transportation of household goods for the general public, for hire;

(3) “Motor contract carrier” means any person not included under subdivision (2) of this section who operates motor vehicles over the highways of this state, whether over regular or irregular routes, in the transportation of household goods for hire under special and individual contracts;

(4) “Motor private carrier” means any person other than a household goods carrier or a motor contract carrier who operates his own vehicle or vehicles not for hire and who engages in the transportation of his own property in the furtherance of any private commercial enterprise, and such motor private carrier shall be excluded from the provisions of this chapter;

(5) “Motor vehicle” means any rubber-tired vehicle propelled or drawn by any power other than muscular, not running upon rails or tracks, used upon any highway for the transportation of property;

(6) “Person” means any individual, firm, copartnership, corporation, limited liability company, company or association or its lessees, trustees or receivers.

(1949 Rev., S. 5674; 1955, S. 2635d; 1957, P.A. 295, S. 1; P.A. 75-486, S. 1, 69; P.A. 77-614, S. 162, 610; P.A. 80-482, S. 131, 348; P.A. 88-249, S. 2, 9; P.A. 95-79, S. 38, 189; 95-126, S. 4, 25; P.A. 96-31.)

History: P.A. 75-486 replaced public utilities commission with public utilities control authority; P.A. 77-614 replaced public utilities control authority with division of public utility control within the department of business regulation, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-482 made division an independent department and deleted reference to abolished department of business regulation; P.A. 88-249 transferred powers and duties from public utility control department to transportation department, amending section as required by section 2 of the act (codified as Sec. 13b-387a), effective July 1, 1989. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989; Sec. 16-281 transferred to Sec. 13b-387, effective July 1, 1989); P.A. 95-79 redefined “person” to include a limited liability company, effective May 31, 1995; P.A. 95-126 deleted definition of “agricultural commodity”, substituted numeric Subdiv. designations for alphabetic designations, substituted “household goods carrier” for “motor common carrier” definition and limited such carrier to the transportation of household goods for the general public, for hire, in lieu of property, amended definition of “motor contract carrier” to limit such carrier to the transportation of household goods for hire under special and individual contracts, in lieu of property, and amended definition of “motor private carrier” to substitute “household goods carrier” for reference to “motor common carrier” and to eliminate authorization for Commissioner of Transportation to prescribe regulations for motor private carriers, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-31 amended Subdiv. (1) to limit definition of “household goods” to personal effects and property used in a dwelling when part of equipment or supply of dwelling.

Annotations to former section 16-281:

Power to make regulations discussed. 122 C. 292. Cited. 169 C. 253.

Subsec. (c):

Cited. 148 C. 681; 170 C. 434.

Subsec. (d):

Cited. 148 C. 681; 149 C. 480.

Sec. 13b-387a. Transfer of powers and duties. In accordance with the provisions of section 4-38d, all functions, powers and duties of the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority under chapter 285 are transferred to the Department of Transportation, and whenever the words “Public Utilities Regulatory Authority” or “authority” are used in said chapter, the words “Commissioner of Transportation” or “commissioner”, whichever is appropriate, are substituted in lieu thereof.

(P.A. 88-249, S. 2, 9; P.A. 11-80, S. 1.)

History: P.A. 88-249, S. 2, effective July 1, 1989; pursuant to P.A. 11-80, “Department of Public Utility Control” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Public Utilities Regulatory Authority”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 13b-388. (Formerly Sec. 16-282). Exceptions. There shall be excluded from the provisions of this chapter motor vehicles while engaged exclusively in work for and under contract with any branch of the government of the United States or any department of the state, or for any county, city, borough or town and motor vehicles used exclusively in the collection and transportation of solid waste, as defined in section 22a-207.

(1949 Rev., S. 5675; 1955, S. 2636d; 1957, P.A. 295, S. 2; February, 1965, P.A. 148, S. 1; P.A. 75-486, S. 1, 69; P.A. 77-614, S. 162, 610; P.A. 80-482, S. 132, 348; P.A. 85-297, S. 2, 4; P.A. 88-249, S. 2, 9; P.A. 95-126, S. 5, 25.)

History: 1965 act exempted motor vehicles used to transport milk from producers to distributors; P.A. 75-486 replaced public utilities commission with public utilities control authority; P.A. 77-614 replaced public utilities control authority with division of public utility control within the department of business regulation, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-482 made division an independent department and deleted reference to abolished department of business regulation; P.A. 85-297 exempted motor vehicles used exclusively in collection and transportation of solid waste; P.A. 88-249 transferred powers and duties from public utility control department to transportation department, amending section as required by section 2 of the act (codified as Sec. 13b-387a), effective July 1, 1989. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989; Sec. 16-282 transferred to Sec. 13b-388, effective July 1, 1989); P.A. 95-126 eliminated exemption for motor vehicles engaged in transportation of property wholly within limits of any city or town of this state or adjoining territory, used exclusively for transportation of newspapers or fertilizers and plant spraying materials, operated by any farmer or group of farmers and used to transport agricultural commodities or livestock, controlled and operated by a cooperative marketing corporation engaged in transporting agricultural commodities, used to transport milk from producers to distributors, or known as armored cars and used to transport bullion, currency and other valuables, effective July 1, 1995.

Sec. 13b-389. (Formerly Sec. 16-283). Certificate of public convenience and necessity. Penalty. (a) No person shall operate any motor vehicle in the transportation of household goods for hire as a household goods carrier without first having obtained from the Commissioner of Transportation, after hearing, a certificate of public convenience and necessity to so operate.

(b) Any person, other than a household goods carrier who has obtained such certificate, who holds himself or herself out as a household goods carrier with intent to obtain a benefit or to injure or defraud another, shall be guilty of a class B misdemeanor.

(1949 Rev., S. 5676; P.A. 75-486, S. 1, 69; P.A. 77-614, S. 162, 610; P.A. 80-482, S. 133, 348; P.A. 88-249, S. 2, 9; P.A. 95-126, S. 6, 25; P.A. 02-70, S. 86.)

History: P.A. 75-486 replaced public utilities commission with public utilities control authority; P.A. 77-614 replaced public utilities control authority with division of public utility control within the department of business regulation, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-482 made division an independent department and deleted reference to abolished department of business regulation; P.A. 88-249 transferred powers and duties from public utility control department to transportation department, amending section as required by section 2 of the act (codified as Sec. 13b-387a), effective July 1, 1989. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989; Sec. 16-283 transferred to Sec. 13b-389, effective July 1, 1989); P.A. 95-126 substituted “household goods” for reference to “property” and “household goods carrier” for “motor common carrier”, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 02-70 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a) and added Subsec. (b) re imposition of penalty on any person, other than a household goods carrier, who holds himself or herself out as a household goods carrier with intent to obtain benefit or injure or defraud another.

Annotations to former section 16-283:

Cited. 122 C. 298; 145 C. 617. When an individual or a corporation carries on an activity which can be lawfully carried on only under a franchise granted by public authority, it is liable for bodily harm caused to others by the negligence of a contractor employed to do work in carrying on the activity. 148 C. 398. Cited. Id., 681. Proof required to obtain certificate of public convenience and necessity is greater and stronger than proof required under Sec. 16-294 to show proposed operation “is not inconsistent with the public interest”. Id., 682. Cited. 219 C. 168.

Annotation to present section:

Cited. 219 C. 168.

Sec. 13b-390. (Formerly Sec. 16-284). Hearing on application for certificate. Upon the filing of an application and the payment of the fee prescribed, the Commissioner of Transportation shall, within a reasonable time, fix the time and place for a hearing thereon and shall promptly give written notice thereof to such parties in interest as the commissioner deems necessary and give public notice thereof at least one week prior to such hearing.

(1949 Rev., S. 5677; 1969, P.A. 768, S. 235; P.A. 75-486, S. 1, 69; P.A. 77-614, S. 162, 610; P.A. 80-482, S. 134, 348; P.A. 88-249, S. 3, 9.)

History: 1969 act substituted “promptly give written notice” for “mail notice” and required notification of commissioner of transportation as well as parties in interest; P.A. 75-486 replaced public utilities commission with public utilities control authority; P.A. 77-614 replaced authority with division of public utility control within the department of business regulation, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-482 made division of public utility control an independent department and deleted reference to abolished department of business regulation; P.A. 88-249 changed jurisdiction of motor carriers from the department of public utility control to the department of transportation effective July 1, 1989. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989; Sec. 16-284 transferred to Sec. 13b-390, effective July 1, 1989).

Annotations to former section 16-284:

Cited. 148 C. 681; 219 C. 168.

Information secured by independent investigation apart from the hearing, and not made known upon the hearing, is not evidence properly in the case; party before commission must have ample opportunity to examine exhibits, cross-examine witnesses, and offer testimony contradicting them. 25 CS 461.

Annotation to present section:

Cited. 219 C. 168.

Sec. 13b-391. (Formerly Sec. 16-285). Issuance of certificates. After the hearing provided for in section 13b-390, the Commissioner of Transportation may issue to the applicant a certificate of public convenience and necessity in a form to be prescribed by him or may refuse to issue the same, or may issue it for the partial exercise only of the privilege sought, and may prescribe therein such limitations as in his judgment public interest may require.

(1949 Rev., S. 5678; 1969, P.A. 768, S. 236; P.A. 75-486, S. 1, 69; P.A. 77-614, S. 162, 610; P.A. 80-482, S. 135, 348; P.A. 88-249, S. 4, 9; P.A. 92-136, S. 5; P.A. 93-307, S. 1, 34; 93-435, S. 3, 95; P.A. 95-126, S. 7, 25.)

History: 1969 act required that copy of order or certificate be sent to commissioner of transportation; P.A. 75-486 replaced public utilities commission with public utilities control authority; P.A. 77-614 replaced authority with division of public utility control within the department of business regulation, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-482 made division an independent department and deleted reference to abolished department of business regulation; P.A. 88-249 changed jurisdiction of motor carriers from the department of public utility control to the department of transportation effective July 1, 1989. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989; Sec. 16-285 transferred to Sec. 13b-391, effective July 1, 1989); P.A. 92-136 amended section by requiring the issuance of a decal to be conspicuously displayed on the vehicle; P.A. 93-307 specified that decals are issued on July first annually and added the provision that applicants with vehicle fleets composed of one hundred or more units would not be required to purchase decals or display a decal on each vehicle in their fleet, effective June 29, 1993; P.A. 93-435 specified applicability to hearings under Sec. 13b-390, effective June 28, 1993; P.A. 95-126 deleted requirement that commissioner issue decal on July first annually representing authority to operate, deleted provision re display of decal, and deleted exemption from decal requirement for applicants with vehicle fleets composed of one hundred or more units, effective July 1, 1995.

Sec. 13b-392. (Formerly Sec. 16-286). Considerations for granting certificate. In determining whether or not such a certificate shall be granted, the Commissioner of Transportation shall take into consideration the existing motor transportation facilities and the effect upon them of granting such certificate, the public need for the service the applicant proposes to render, the suitability of the applicant, or the suitability of the management if the applicant is a corporation, the financial responsibility of the applicant, the ability of the applicant efficiently to perform the service for which authority is requested, the condition of and effect upon the highways involved and the safety of the public using such highways. The commissioner shall take into consideration such recommendations as to motor transportation facilities, or highways, or the effect of granting such certificate upon either of them, or the safety of the public using such highways. No such certificate shall be denied solely on the ground that there is an existing rail or household goods carrier service. When it appears that no household goods carrier service is being supplied over the route or routes applied for, public convenience and necessity shall be presumed to require operation of such service.

(1949 Rev., S. 5679; June, 1955, S. 2638d; 1969, P.A. 768, S. 237; P.A. 75-486, S. 1, 69; P.A. 77-614, S. 162, 610; P.A. 80-482, S. 136, 348; P.A. 88-249, S. 5, 9; P.A. 95-126, S. 8, 25.)

History: 1969 act required consideration of recommendations of commissioner of transportation re transportation facilities and highways; P.A. 75-486 replaced public utilities commission with public utilities control authority; P.A. 77-614 replaced authority with division of public utility control within the department of business regulation, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-482 made division an independent department and deleted reference to abolished department of business regulation; P.A. 88-249 changed jurisdiction of motor carriers from the department of public utility control to the department of transportation, effective July 1, 1989. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989; Sec. 16-286 transferred to Sec. 13b-392, effective July 1, 1989); P.A. 95-126 substituted “household goods carrier service” for references to “motor service” and “motor common carrier service”, effective July 1, 1995.

Annotations to former section 16-286:

Cited. 145 C. 617; 148 C. 681; 219 C. 168; 226 C. 105; 242 C. 152.

Annotations to present section:

Cited. 219 C. 168; 226 C. 105; 235 C. 334.

Sec. 13b-393. (Formerly Sec. 16-287). Schedule of rates to be filed by household goods carriers. Maximum and minimum rates. (a) Maximum and minimum rates. Each household goods carrier required to procure a certificate under this chapter shall file with the Commissioner of Transportation in simple and concise form an exact schedule or schedules of rates and charges for transportation to be rendered or furnished within this state and show the terminal or other services included therein. The commissioner may prescribe maximum or minimum or maximum and minimum rates or charges for substantially the same or similar service performed by the various household goods carriers, and may, upon his own motion or upon petition by an interested party, after hearing, prescribe reasonable regulations and maximum or minimum or maximum and minimum rates or charges covering the operations of household goods carriers. Rates and charges shall be just and reasonable and reasonably compensatory, except that a rate may be established to meet the existing rate of a competing household goods carrier or a household goods carrier not subject to this chapter.

(b) Joint rates. Carriers of household goods by motor vehicle may establish reasonable through routes and joint rates, charges and classifications with other such carriers or with household goods carriers by railroad, or express, or water or with any two or more thereof. In case of such joint rates, fares or charges, the carriers who are parties thereto shall establish just and reasonable regulations and practices in connection therewith, and just, reasonable and equitable division thereof as between carriers participating therein which shall not unfairly prefer or prejudice any of such participating carriers. If the carriers fail to agree upon such a division between them of joint rates, fares or charges, the Commissioner of Transportation shall, after hearing, establish by order such a division.

(1949 Rev., S. 5681; P.A. 75-486, S. 1, 69; P.A. 77-614, S. 162, 610; P.A. 80-482, S. 137, 348; P.A. 88-249, S. 2, 9; P.A. 95-126, S. 9, 25.)

History: P.A. 75-486 replaced public utilities commission with public utilities control authority; P.A. 77-614 replaced public utilities control authority with division of public utility control within the department of business regulation, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-482 made division an independent department and deleted reference to abolished department of business regulation; P.A. 88-249 transferred powers and duties from public utility control department to transportation department, amending section as required by section 2 of the act codified as Sec. 13b-387a), effective July 1, 1989. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989; Sec. 16-287 transferred to Sec. 13b-393, effective July 1, 1989); P.A. 95-126 amended Subsec. (a) to substitute “household goods carrier” for references to “motor common carrier” and “common carrier” and deleted the phrase “subject to the provisions of section 16-289” in the exception, and amended Subsec. (b) to substitute “carriers of household goods” for reference to “common carriers of property” and “household goods carriers” for “common carriers”, effective July 1, 1995.

Annotations to former section 16-287:

Power to make regulations discussed. 122 C. 292. Cited. 148 C. 682. Subsec. (a) cited. 149 C. 482. To justify fixing of identical rates for common and contract carriers, it must appear they are actually in competition and that competition is such as to reduce income of common carriers so that they are unable to maintain adequate and efficient service for public at large. Id., 483.

When motor freight tariff of local commodity rates was increased during the term of a three-month oral contract, plaintiffs, motor common carriers, entitled to recover the new scheduled rate regardless of contract rate. 31 CS 426.

Sec. 13b-394. (Formerly Sec. 16-288). Discrimination prohibited. No household goods carrier shall charge, demand, exact, receive or collect for any service rendered an amount greater or less than the rate specified in such schedule or schedules, nor shall any such carrier refund or remit in any manner any portion of the rate so specified, nor give any unreasonable preference or advantage to any person, nor furnish to any person any terminal or other service not included in such specified rate at less than a compensatory charge, nor subject any person to any unreasonable prejudice or discrimination.

(1949 Rev., S. 5682; P.A. 95-126, S. 10, 25.)

History: Sec. 16-288 transferred to Sec. 13b-394, effective July 1, 1989, in keeping with transfer of certain powers and duties of department of public utility control to transportation department by P.A. 88-249. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989); P.A. 95-126 substituted “household goods carrier” for reference to “motor common carrier”, effective July 1, 1995.

Annotations to former section 16-288:

Cited. 148 C. 682.

Plaintiffs entitled to be paid the increased motor freight tariff from the date of its change despite three-month contract with defendant based on earlier rate. 31 CS 426.

Sec. 13b-395. (Formerly Sec. 16-289). Change in rates. Rates and charges filed with the Commissioner of Transportation by a household goods carrier may be changed only after thirty days’ notice to the commissioner, except when such change is to enable a household goods carrier to meet the rate of a competing household goods carrier or household goods carrier not subject to this chapter as hereinafter provided for, and except that the commissioner may allow changes on shorter notice for good cause shown. The commissioner may, upon protest of any interested party filed within twenty days from the date of an application for a change of rate or, upon his own initiative, at once, hold a hearing concerning such rate, and, pending such hearing and the decision thereon, the commissioner may suspend the operation of such schedule and defer the use of such rate, but not for a longer period than sixty days beyond the time when it would otherwise go into effect; and, after hearing, whether completed before or after the rate goes into effect, the commissioner may allow or disallow or prescribe the rate or rates. If the proceeding has not been concluded and an order made within the period of suspension, the proposed change of rates shall go into effect at the end of such period. When the change in rates and charges as filed with the commissioner is to enable the filing carrier to meet the rate published and filed by a competing household goods carrier or a household goods carrier not subject to this chapter, such change in rate may become effective upon the effective date of the rate of the competing household goods carrier or household goods carrier not subject to this chapter, provided such rate shall be published and filed prior to the effective date of the rates or charges of the competing household goods carrier or household goods carrier not subject to this chapter; and, if such change in rates and charges has been published and filed subsequent to the effective date of the rate of the competing household goods carrier or household goods carrier not subject to this chapter, the effective date of such change in rate and the filing of the tariff or supplement providing therefor shall be consistent with such reasonable regulations as may be prescribed by the commissioner, but the effective date of such rate shall not be deferred for a longer period than thirty days beyond the time when such rate was filed with the commissioner.

(1949 Rev., S. 5683; P.A. 75-486, S. 1, 69; P.A. 77-614, S. 162, 610; P.A. 80-482, S. 138, 348; P.A. 88-249, S. 2, 9; P.A. 95-126, S. 11, 25.)

History: P.A. 75-486 replaced public utilities commission with public utilities control authority; P.A. 77-614 replaced public utilities control authority with division of public utility control within the department of business regulation, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-482 made division an independent department and deleted reference to abolished department of business regulation; P.A. 88-249 transferred powers and duties from public utility control department to transportation department, amending section as required by section 2 of the act (codified as Sec. 13b-387a), effective July 1, 1989. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989; Sec. 16-289 transferred to Sec. 13b-395, effective July 1, 1989); P.A. 95-126 substituted “household goods carrier” for references to “motor common carrier” and “common carrier”, effective July 1, 1995.

Sec. 13b-396. (Formerly Sec. 16-290). Bills of lading. Each household goods carrier subject to the provisions of this chapter shall issue a bill of lading upon the receipt of household goods for transportation for hire. The rights and obligations of such household goods carrier and the holder of such bill of lading shall be determined in accordance with the provisions of article 7 of the Uniform Commercial Code, title 42a, respecting bills of lading.

(1949 Rev., S. 5684; 1961, P.A. 116, S. 17; P.A. 95-126, S. 12, 25.)

History: 1961 act substituted relevant reference to commercial code in lieu of prior law; Sec. 16-290 transferred to Sec. 13b-396, effective July 1, 1989, in keeping with transfer of certain powers and duties of department of public utility control to transportation department by P.A. 88-249. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989); P.A. 95-126 substituted “household goods carrier” for references to “motor common carrier” and “household goods” for “property”, effective July 1, 1995.

See Sec. 42a-7-301 et seq. re bills of lading under Uniform Commercial Code.

Annotation to former section 16-290:

A common carrier is excused from liability only by an act of God, the public enemy, faulty packaging or inherent vice; to escape liability, it is incumbent upon defendant carrier to prove the shipment delivered in a damaged condition fell within a class as to which the carrier is not an insurer and that no fault of his contributed to the damage. 5 Conn. Cir. Ct. 91.

Sec. 13b-396a. Printed advertisements required to state certificate number and federal permit or registration number. A printed advertisement concerning a household goods carrier shall conspicuously state the number of the certificate issued to such household goods carrier by the Department of Transportation pursuant to section 13b-391, and shall conspicuously state the number of any permit or registration issued to such carrier by the United States Department of Transportation.

(P.A. 01-105, S. 42, 45.)

History: P.A. 01-105 effective June 20, 2001.

Sec. 13b-397. (Formerly Sec. 16-291). Motor contract carriers; declaration of policy. It is declared that the business of motor contract carriers is affected with the public interest and that the safety and welfare of the public upon the highways within this state, the preservation and maintenance of such highways and the proper regulation of household goods carriers using such highways require the regulation of motor contract carriers to the extent hereinafter provided in this chapter.

(1949 Rev., S. 5685; P.A. 95-126, S. 13, 25.)

History: Sec. 16-291 transferred to Sec. 13b-397, effective July 1, 1989, in keeping with transfer of certain powers and duties of department of public utility control to transportation department by P.A. 88-249. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989); P.A. 95-126 substituted “household goods carriers” for reference to “motor common carriers”, effective July 1, 1995.

Annotations to former section 16-291:

Cited. 148 C. 681; 149 C. 486.

Sec. 13b-398. (Formerly Sec. 16-292). Permit for motor contract carrier. No motor contract carrier shall operate any motor vehicle for the transportation of household goods for hire on any highway within this state unless there is in force with respect to such carrier a permit issued by the Commissioner of Transportation authorizing such operation.

(1949 Rev., S. 5686; P.A. 75-486, S. 1, 69; P.A. 77-614, S. 162, 610; P.A. 80-482, S. 139, 348; P.A. 88-249, S. 2, 9; P.A. 95-126, S. 14, 25.)

History: P.A. 75-486 replaced public utilities commission with public utilities control authority; P.A. 77-614 replaced public utilities control authority with division of public utility control within the department of business regulation, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-482 made division an independent department and deleted reference to abolished department of business regulation; P.A. 88-249 transferred powers and duties from public utility control department to transportation department, amending section as required by section 2 of the act (codified as Sec. 13b-387a), effective July 1, 1989. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989; Sec. 16-292 transferred to Sec. 13b-398, effective July 1, 1989); P.A. 95-126 substituted “household goods” for reference to “property”, effective July 1, 1995.

Annotations to former section 16-292:

Cited. 122 C. 299; 148 C. 680; 149 C. 480.

Sec. 13b-399. (Formerly Sec. 16-293). Hearing on application for permit. Upon the filing of an application for a permit and the payment of the fee prescribed, the Commissioner of Transportation shall, within a reasonable time, fix the time and place for a hearing thereon and shall promptly give written notice thereof to all parties in interest as the commissioner deems necessary and give public notice thereof at least one week prior to such hearing.

(1949 Rev., S. 5687; 1969, P.A. 768, S. 238; P.A. 75-486, S. 1, 69; P.A. 77-614, S. 162, 610; P.A. 80-482, S. 140, 348; P.A. 88-249, S. 6, 9.)

History: 1969 act required notification of commissioner of transportation re hearing; P.A. 75-486 replaced public utilities commission with public utilities control authority; P.A. 77-614 replaced authority with division of public utility control within the department of business regulation, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-482 made division an independent department and deleted reference to abolished department of business regulation; P.A. 88-249 changed jurisdiction of motor carriers from the department of public utility control to the department of transportation, effective July 1, 1989. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989; Sec. 16-293 transferred to Sec. 13b-399, effective July 1, 1989).

Annotations to former section 16-293:

Cited. 148 C. 680; 149 C. 486.

Sec. 13b-400. (Formerly Sec. 16-294). Issuance of permit. Such a permit shall be issued to any applicant if it appears that the applicant is fit, financially responsible, willing and able to perform the service of a motor contract carrier and to conform to the provisions of this chapter and the requirements and regulations of the Commissioner of Transportation made thereunder and that the proposed operation is not inconsistent with the public interest. In determining whether the proposed operation is inconsistent with the public interest the commissioner shall take into consideration such recommendations as to the maintenance of an adequate transportation system designed to meet the needs of the public. The commissioner shall have power to decide the question of financial responsibility on the individual merits of the applicant and to require that such financial responsibility be adequate. The commissioner, on July first annually and upon payment of a fee of ten dollars, shall issue to an applicant, with the permit, a decal representing the applicant’s authority to operate within the state. The decal shall be conspicuously displayed on the side of each vehicle in a manner prescribed by the commissioner.

(1949 Rev., S. 5688; 1969, P.A. 768, S. 239; P.A. 75-486, S. 1, 69; P.A. 77-614, S. 162, 610; P.A. 80-482, S. 141, 348; P.A. 88-249, S. 7, 9; P.A. 92-136, S. 6; P.A. 93-307, S. 22, 34.)

History: 1969 act required consideration of commissioner of transportation’s recommendations re maintenance of adequate transportation system; P.A. 75-486 replaced public utilities commission with public utilities control authority; P.A. 77-614 replaced authority with division of public utility control within the department of business regulation, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-482 made division an independent department and deleted reference to abolished department of business regulation; P.A. 88-249 changed jurisdiction of motor carriers from the department of public utility control to the department of transportation, effective July 1, 1989 (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989; Sec. 16-294 transferred to Sec. 13b-400, effective July 1, 1989); P.A. 92-136 amended section by requiring the issuance of a decal to be conspicuously displayed on the vehicle; P.A. 93-307 amended the section by providing for an annual decal fee and eliminating the provision for a one-time decal fee, effective June 29, 1993.

Annotations to former section 16-294:

Cited. 145 C. 617; 148 C. 680. Proof required under Sec. 16-283 to obtain certificate of public convenience and necessity is greater and stronger than that required under this section to show proposed operation “is not inconsistent with public interest”; primary element in determination of “the public interest” is maintenance of adequate transportation system designed to meet needs of public. Id., 683. Burden is on applicant to show facilities of existing carriers not adequate or not rendering type of service which satisfies needs of public and that proposed service would tend to correct or substantially improve condition. Id. Commission cannot impose on applicant burden of proving its services would supplement and not supplant those of existing common carriers. Id., 688. Cited. 149 C. 481.

Sec. 13b-401. (Formerly Sec. 16-295). Terms and conditions of permit. The Commissioner of Transportation shall specify in the permit the operations covered thereby and shall attach to it, at the time of issuance and from time to time thereafter, such terms and conditions not inconsistent with the character of the holder as a motor contract carrier as the public interest may require.

(1949 Rev., S. 5689; P.A. 75-486, S. 1, 69; P.A. 77-614, S. 162, 610; P.A. 80-482, S. 142, 348; P.A. 88-249, S. 2, 9.)

History: P.A. 75-486 replaced public utilities commission with public utilities control authority; P.A. 77-614 replaced public utilities control authority with division of public utility control within the department of business regulation, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-482 made division an independent department and deleted reference to abolished department of business regulation; P.A. 88-249 transferred powers and duties from public utility control department to transportation department, amending section as required by section 2 of the act (codified as Sec. 13b-387a), effective July 1, 1989. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989; Sec. 16-295 transferred to Sec. 13b-401, effective July 1, 1989).

Annotations to former section 16-295:

Cited. 148 C. 682; 149 C. 486.

Sec. 13b-402. (Formerly Sec. 16-296). Motor contract carrier rates. (a) The Commissioner of Transportation, of his own motion, may, and, on petition of any interested party, after hearing, shall, prescribe regulations, minimum rates and charges covering the operation of motor contract carriers in competition with household goods carriers over the highways within this state and, upon petition of any interested party, after hearing, shall prescribe minimum rates and charges for motor contract carriers operating upon said highways.

(b) Such minimum rates and charges of motor contract carriers so prescribed by the Commissioner of Transportation shall give no advantage or preference to any such carrier in competition with any household goods carrier by motor vehicle subject to this chapter which the commissioner finds to be undue or inconsistent with the public interest.

(c) Each motor contract carrier shall file with the Commissioner of Transportation under such regulations as he may prescribe, the minimum rates charged by such contract carrier in the performance of its transportation service including such changes in minimum rates as such motor contract carrier may make from time to time.

(1949 Rev., S. 5690; P.A. 75-486, S. 1, 69; P.A. 77-614, S. 162, 610; P.A. 80-482, S. 143, 348; P.A. 88-249, S. 2, 9; P.A. 95-126, S. 15, 25.)

History: P.A. 75-486 replaced public utilities commission with public utilities control authority; P.A. 77-614 replaced public utilities control authority with division of public utility control within the department of business regulation, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-482 made division an independent department and deleted reference to abolished department of business regulation; P.A. 88-249 transferred powers and duties from public utility control department to transportation department, amending section as required by section 2 of the act (codified as Sec. 13b-387a), effective July 1, 1989. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989; Sec. 16-296 transferred to Sec. 13b-402, effective July 1, 1989); P.A. 95-126 amended Subsec. (a) to substitute “household goods carriers” for reference to “motor common carriers” and Subsec. (b) to substitute “household goods carrier” for reference to “common carrier”, effective July 1, 1995.

Annotations to former section 16-296:

Cited. 148 C. 682. To justify fixing of identical rates for common and contract carriers, it must appear they are actually in competition and that competition is such as to reduce income of common carriers so that they are unable to maintain adequate and efficient service for public at large. 149 C. 483. A primary aim of contract carrier regulation is protection of common carrier by eliminating destructive competition but contract carriers, because of special nature of operations, may properly be accorded some rate advantage so long as it does not lend to destructive competition inconsistent with public interest. Id., 486.

Sec. 13b-403. (Formerly Sec. 16-297). When motor contract carrier presumed to be household goods carrier. Any person holding a permit to operate as a motor contract carrier having five or more contracts shall, prima facie, be construed to be a household goods carrier under this chapter.

(1949 Rev., S. 5691; P.A. 95-126, S. 16, 25.)

History: Sec. 16-297 transferred to Sec. 13b-403, effective July 1, 1989, in keeping with transfer of certain powers and duties of department of public utility control to transportation department by P.A. 88-249. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989); P.A. 95-126 substituted “household goods carrier” for reference to “motor common carrier”, effective July 1, 1995.

Annotations to former section 16-297:

Cited. 148 C. 682; 149 C. 483.

Secs. 13b-404, 13b-404a and 13b-405. (Formerly Secs. 16-298, 16-298a and 16-299). Interstate carrier; permit; identification stamps; cab cards. Interstate carriers exempt from Interstate Commerce Commission regulation; registration. Application for certificate or permit; identification stamps; cab cards. Sections 13b-404, 13b-404a and 13b-405 are repealed, effective June 29, 1993.

(1949 Rev., S. 5692, 5693; 1959, P.A. 414, S. 1; 1963, P.A. 21; 282; 1969, P.A. 668, S. 1; 768, S. 240; 1971, P.A. 785; 827; P.A. 75-486, S. 1, 69; P.A. 76-257, S. 1–4; P.A. 77-614, S. 162, 610; P.A. 80-482, S. 144–146, 348; P.A. 81-472, S. 26, 27, 159; P.A. 82-472, S. 52, 183; P.A. 83-29, S. 3, 4; P.A. 84-254, S. 58, 62; 84-342, S. 10–13; P.A. 85-552, S. 5, 6, 8; P.A. 88-249, S. 2, 8, 9; P.A. 93-307, S. 32, 34.)

Sec. 13b-406. (Formerly Sec. 16-300). Transfer of certificate or permit. Any certificate or permit may be assigned and transferred by the holder, his assignee, receiver or trustee, or by the holder’s personal representative or the surviving partner or partners of the deceased partner’s personal representative to whom the rights and privileges under such certificate or permit shall pass at the death of the holder. The Commissioner of Transportation may prescribe the conditions precedent to such transfer and may make any necessary regulations pertaining thereto. Each application for such transfer shall be accompanied by a fee of fifty dollars.

(1949 Rev., S. 5694; 1967, P.A. 14; P.A. 75-486, S. 1, 69; P.A. 77-614, S. 162, 610; P.A. 80-482, S. 147, 348; P.A. 88-249, S. 2, 9.)

History: 1967 act imposed fifty-dollar fee for transfer application; P.A. 75-486 replaced public utilities commission with public utilities control authority; P.A. 77-614 replaced authority with division of public utility control within the department of business regulation, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-482 made division an independent department and deleted reference to abolished department of business regulation; P.A. 88-249 transferred powers and duties from public utility control department to transportation department, amending section as required by section 2 of the act (codified as Sec. 13b-387a), effective July 1, 1989. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989; Sec. 16-300 transferred to Sec. 13b-406, effective July 1, 1989).

Sec. 13b-407. (Formerly Sec. 16-301). Revocation of certificate or permit. Hearing. Notice. The Commissioner of Transportation may revoke or suspend any certificate or permit for wilful and repeated violations of any of the provisions of this chapter or the regulations of the commissioner made under authority thereof, after opportunity for a hearing, of which at least seven days’ notice has been given to the holder of such certificate or permit, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54.

(1949 Rev., S. 5695; P.A. 75-486, S. 1, 69; P.A. 77-614, S. 162, 610; P.A. 80-482, S. 148, 348; P.A. 88-249, S. 2, 9; P.A. 93-307, S. 2, 34.)

History: P.A. 75-486 replaced public utilities commission with public utilities control authority; P.A. 77-614 replaced public utilities control authority with division of public utility control within the department of business regulation, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-482 made division an independent department and deleted reference to abolished department of business regulation; P.A. 88-249 transferred powers and duties from public utility control department to transportation department, amending section as required by section 2 of the act (codified as Sec. 13b-387a), effective July 1, 1989. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989, Sec. 16-301 transferred to Sec. 13b-407, effective July 1, 1989); P.A. 93-307 amended the section by inserting reference to an “opportunity for a” hearing, reducing the notice period from 15 days to 7 days and by adding “in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54” to the end of the section, effective June 29, 1993.

Annotation to former section 16-301:

Cited. 149 C. 486.

Sec. 13b-408. (Formerly Sec. 16-302). Certificate or permit effective until revoked or suspended. Any certificate or permit shall remain in effect until revoked or suspended by the Commissioner of Transportation as herein provided.

(1949 Rev., S. 5696; P.A. 75-486, S. 1, 69; P.A. 77-614, S. 162, 610; P.A. 80-482, S. 149, 348; P.A. 88-249, S. 2, 9.)

History: P.A. 75-486 replaced public utilities commission with public utilities control authority; P.A. 77-614 replaced public utilities control authority with division of public utility control within the department of business regulation, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-482 made division an independent department and deleted reference to abolished department of business regulation; P.A. 88-249 transferred powers and duties from public utility control department to transportation department, amending section as required by section 2 of the act (codified as Sec. 13b-387a), effective July 1, 1989. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989; Sec. 16-302 transferred to Sec. 13b-408, effective July 1, 1989).

Annotation to former section 16-302:

Cited. 149 C. 486.

Sec. 13b-409. (Formerly Sec. 16-303). Both certificate and permit not to be held. No person shall hold at the same time a certificate as a household goods carrier and a permit as a motor contract carrier, unless for good cause shown the Commissioner of Transportation finds that both may be held consistently with the public interest.

(1949 Rev., S. 5697; P.A. 75-486, S. 1, 69; P.A. 77-614, S. 162, 610; P.A. 80-482, S. 150, 348; P.A. 88-249, S. 2, 9; P.A. 95-126, S. 17, 25.)

History: P.A. 75-486 replaced public utilities commission with public utilities control authority; P.A. 77-614 replaced public utilities control authority with division of public utility control within the department of business regulation, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-482 made division an independent department and deleted reference to abolished department of business regulation; P.A. 88-249 transferred powers and duties from public utility control department to transportation department, amending section as required by section 2 of the act (codified as Sec. 13b-387a), effective July 1, 1989. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989; Sec. 16-303 transferred to Sec. 13b-409, effective July 1, 1989); P.A. 95-126 substituted “household goods carrier” for “motor common carrier”, effective July 1, 1995.

Sec. 13b-410. (Formerly Sec. 16-304). Jurisdiction of commissioner. Penalties. (a) The Commissioner of Transportation is authorized to prescribe and establish such reasonable regulations for household goods carriers and motor contract carriers operating in intrastate commerce as the commissioner deems necessary with respect to rates and charges, issuance of certificates or permits, classification of carriers, abandonment or suspension of service, routes, speed, adequacy of service, financial responsibility, insurance covering personal injury, property damage and cargo, uniform system of accounts, records, reports, safety of operation and equipment and the public convenience and safety. Not later than July 1, 2003, the commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, establishing a procedure for the resolution of claims disputes between household goods carriers and motor contract carriers operating in intrastate commerce and their customers. To prevent unjust discrimination, undue preference or prejudice between shippers or consignees and household goods carriers transporting household goods in intrastate commerce, the commissioner may prescribe and establish settlement of claims governing the payment of tariff charges, including regulations for weekly or monthly settlement, in the delivery or transfer of possession or title of household goods between shippers, consignees and household goods carriers transporting household goods in intrastate commerce. This authorization shall not be construed to prohibit any household goods carrier from extending credit in connection with rates and charges on household goods transported for any branch of the government of the United States or any department of the state, or for any county, city, borough or town.

(b) The commissioner, after notice and hearing, may impose a civil penalty of not more than one hundred dollars for each violation of a provision of the regulations adopted pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. Each day on which the violation occurs shall be deemed a separate offense.

(1949 Rev., S. 5698; 1955, S. 2640d; P.A. 75-486, S. 1, 69; P.A. 77-614, S. 162, 610; P.A. 80-482, S. 151, 348; P.A. 88-249, S. 2, 9; P.A. 95-126, S. 18, 25; P.A. 99-181, S. 7, 40; P.A. 02-123, S. 7.)

History: P.A. 75-486 replaced public utilities commission with public utilities control authority; P.A. 77-614 replaced public utilities control authority with division of public utility control within the department of business regulation, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-482 made division an independent department and deleted reference to abolished department of business regulation; P.A. 88-249 transferred powers and duties from public utility control department to transportation department, amending section as required by section 2 of the act (codified as Sec. 13b-387a), effective July 1, 1989. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989; Sec. 16-304 transferred to Sec. 13b-410, effective July 1, 1989); P.A. 95-126 authorized commissioner to prescribe such regulations for household goods carriers and motor contract carriers operating in intrastate commerce as he deems necessary, substituted “household goods carriers” for references to “motor common carriers” and “household goods” for references to “property” and “general commodities” and deleted the phrase “particular commodities or groups of particular commodities”, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 99-181 designated existing provisions as Subsec. (a), amending same to make a technical change, and added Subsec. (b) re imposition of civil penalties, effective June 23, 1999; P.A. 02-123 amended Subsec. (a) to require adoption of regulations establishing a procedure for resolution of claims disputes between household goods carriers and motor contract carriers operating in intrastate commerce and their customers, effective July 1, 2002.

Annotation to former section 16-304:

Cited. 149 C. 486.

Sec. 13b-410a. Interstate motor carriers regulated by federal unified carrier registration system. Annual filing fees. (a) On and after the date on which the Secretary of the United States Department of Transportation establishes the unified carrier registration system in accordance with 49 USC 13908, as amended, no foreign or domestic motor carrier, motor private carrier, leasing company, broker or freight forwarder, as defined in Title 49 of the United States Code, shall operate any motor vehicle on the highways of this state without first registering under said unified carrier registration system and paying all fees required for such registration.

(b) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall continue to require each haul-for-hire motor carrier to make an annual payment, in an amount not to exceed ten dollars, per owned and operated vehicle for filings made with the Department of Motor Vehicles required by the single state registration system, established in accordance with 49 USC 14504, as amended, until the occurrence of the transition termination date, as defined in 49 USC 13902(f), as amended.

(c) The commissioner is authorized to participate in the unified carrier registration plan and agreement, established in accordance with 49 USC 14504a, as amended, and to file on behalf of the state the plan required by the provisions of 49 USC 14504a(e).

(P.A. 93-307, S. 12, 34; P.A. 95-126, S. 19, 25; P.A. 96-222, S. 13, 41; P.A. 00-148, S. 14; P.A. 06-130, S. 24.)

History: P.A. 93-307 effective June 29, 1993; P.A. 95-126 deleted an obsolete date and required Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to adopt regulations instead of Commissioner of Transportation; P.A. 96-222 inserted “or its successor agency” after “Interstate Commerce Commission”, effective July 1, 1996; P.A. 00-148 changed reference to “Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991” to “Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century” and changed Public Law reference from “102-240” to “105-178”; P.A. 06-130 deleted former provisions re Interstate Commerce Commission, Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century and requirement that commissioner adopt regulations and added new Subsecs. (a) to (c), inclusive, re unified carrier registration, effective July 1, 2006.

Sec. 13b-410b. Regulations re payment of annual fees for filing proof of insurance by motor carriers for hire exempt from federal regulation. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall adopt regulations in accordance with chapter 54 to provide for the payment of annual fees by motor carriers for hire exempted from Interstate Commerce Commission or its successor agency regulation for the filing with the state of proof of insurance. Such fee shall be ten dollars for each vehicle that such carrier intends to operate.

(P.A. 93-307, S. 13, 34; P.A. 95-126, S. 20, 25; P.A. 96-222, S. 14, 41.)

History: P.A. 93-307 effective June 29, 1993; P.A. 95-126 deleted an obsolete date and required Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to adopt regulations instead of Commissioner of Transportation; P.A. 96-222 inserted “or its successor agency” after “Interstate Commerce Commission”, effective July 1, 1996.

Sec. 13b-410c. Intrastate household goods carrier certificate. Intrastate motor contract carrier permit. Application. Fee. Regulations re annual fee for filing proof of insurance. (a) Each application for an intrastate household goods carrier certificate or motor contract carrier permit shall be made in writing in such form as the Commissioner of Transportation may prescribe, shall be verified by oath, contain such information as said commissioner may require and be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee of one hundred seventy-seven dollars.

(b) The Commissioner of Transportation shall adopt regulations in accordance with chapter 54 to provide for the payment of annual fees by intrastate household goods carriers and intrastate motor contract carriers for filing with the state of proof of insurance. Such fee shall be seventeen dollars and fifty cents for each vehicle that such a carrier intends to operate in intrastate service.

(P.A. 93-307, S. 14, 34; P.A. 95-126, S. 21, 25.)

History: P.A. 93-307 effective June 29, 1993; P.A. 95-126 substituted “household goods carrier” for “motor common carrier” throughout section and amended Subsec. (b) to delete an obsolete date and provision requiring commissioner to assess motor carriers a surcharge for failure to apply to commissioner and pay fees due, effective July 1, 1995.

Sec. 13b-411. (Formerly Sec. 16-305). Certain rates exempt. Nothing in this chapter shall apply to rates charged, minimum or otherwise, for the transportation of household goods by motor vehicle for a household goods carrier not subject to this chapter, when the service rendered is a combination of railroad and motor vehicle and when the rate charged the public for transporting such goods has been published and filed with the Commissioner of Transportation or the Interstate Commerce Commission or its successor agency.

(1949 Rev., S. 5699; P.A. 75-486, S. 1, 69; P.A. 77-614, S. 162, 610; P.A. 80-482, S. 152, 348; P.A. 88-249, S. 2, 9; P.A. 95-126, S. 22, 25; P.A. 96-222, S. 15, 41.)

History: P.A. 75-486 replaced public utilities commission with public utilities control authority; P.A. 77-614 replaced public utilities control authority with division of public utility control within the department of business regulation, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-482 made division an independent department and deleted reference to abolished department of business regulation; P.A. 88-249 transferred powers and duties from public utility control department to transportation department, amending section as required by section 2 of the act (codified as Sec. 13b-387a), effective July 1, 1989. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989; Sec. 16-305 transferred to Sec. 13b-411, effective July 1, 1989); P.A. 95-126 substituted “household goods” for references to “property” and “household goods carrier” for “common carrier”, effective July 1, 1995; P.A. 96-222 inserted “or its successor agency” after “Interstate Commerce Commission”, effective July 1, 1996.

Sec. 13b-412. (Formerly Sec. 16-306). Illegal reduction of rate. (a) Any carrier subject to the provisions of this chapter who, by means of false billing, false classification, false weighing or false report of weight, or by any other device or means, knowingly and wilfully assists or willingly permits any person to obtain transportation of household goods at less than the regular rates then established and in force on the line of transportation of such carrier, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars for each offense.

(b) Any person, corporation or company, as consignor or consignee, who engages to transport household goods, or any carrier subject to the provisions of this chapter, who knowingly and wilfully, by false billing, false classification, false weighing, false representation of the contents of the shipment or the substance of the household goods, false report of weight or false statement, or by any other device or means, with the consent or connivance of the carrier, obtains or attempts to obtain transportation for such household goods at less than the regular rates then established and in force on the line of transportation; or who knowingly and wilfully, by false statement or representation as to cost, value, nature or extent of injury, or by the use of any false bill, bill of lading, receipt, voucher, roll, account, claim, certificate, affidavit or deposition knowing the same to be false, fictitious or fraudulent, or to contain any false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or entry, obtains or attempts to obtain any allowance, refund or payment for damage or otherwise in connection with or growing out of the transportation of or agreement to transport such household goods, with the consent or connivance of the carrier, whereby the compensation of such carrier for such transportation, either before or after payment, is, in fact, made less than the regular rates then established and in force on the line of transportation, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars for each offense.

(c) If any such person, or any officer or agent of any such corporation or company, by payment of money or other thing of value, solicitation or otherwise, induces or attempts to induce any carrier subject to the provisions of this chapter, or any of its officers or agents, to discriminate unjustly in his or its favor as against any other consignor or consignee, in the transportation of household goods, or aids or abets any such carrier in any unjust discrimination, such person or such officer or agent of such corporation or company shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars for each offense; and such person, corporation or company shall, together with such carrier, be liable, jointly or severally, in an action to be brought by any consignor or consignee discriminated against for all damages resulting therefrom.

(1949 Rev., S. 5700; P.A. 95-126, S. 23, 25.)

History: Sec. 16-306 transferred to Sec. 13b-412, effective July 1, 1989, in keeping with transfer of certain powers and duties of department of public utility control to transportation department by P.A. 88-249. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989); P.A. 95-126 deleted reference to “motor” before “carrier” and substituted “household goods” for “property” throughout section, effective July 1, 1995.

Annotation to former section 16-306:

When the motor freight tariff was increased the second month of plaintiff’s oral three-month contract with defendant, plaintiffs were entitled to recover at the new rate for services for the balance of the contract. 31 CS 426.

Sec. 13b-413. (Formerly Sec. 16-307). Appeal. Any person aggrieved by any order, authorization or decision of the Commissioner of Transportation under the provisions of this chapter may appeal therefrom in accordance with the provisions of section 4-183.

(1949 Rev., S. 5702; 1971, P.A. 870, S. 45; P.A. 75-486, S. 1, 69; P.A. 76-436, S. 363, 681; P.A. 77-603, S. 66, 125; 77-614, S. 162, 610; P.A. 80-482, S. 153, 348; P.A. 88-249, S. 2, 9.)

History: 1971 act replaced superior court with court of common pleas, effective September 1, 1971, except that courts with cases pending retain jurisdiction unless cases deemed transferable; P.A. 75-486 replaced public utilities commission with public utilities control authority; P.A. 76-436 replaced court of common pleas with superior court, added reference to chapter 54 and deleted references to Secs. 16-37 and 16-38, effective July 1, 1978; P.A. 77-603 replaced previous provisions re appeal procedure with provision that appeals be made in accordance with Sec. 4-183; P.A. 77-614 replaced public utilities control authority with division of public utility control within the department of business regulation, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-482 made division an independent department and deleted reference to abolished department of business regulation; P.A. 88-249 transferred powers and duties from public utility control department to transportation department, amending section as required by section 2 of the act (codified as Sec. 13b-387a), effective July 1, 1989. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989; Sec. 16-307 transferred to Sec. 13b-413, effective July 1, 1989).

Annotations to former section 16-307:

Cited. 122 C. 297. Burden of showing commission acted illegally or in excess of authority is on plaintiff. 148 C. 687. Cited. 149 C. 481; 219 C. 168.

Annotation to present section:

Cited. 219 C. 168.

Sec. 13b-414. (Formerly Sec. 16-308). Penalties. Procedure. (a) Any person, including a carrier, shipper, consignee or broker or any officer, employee or agent of such person who knowingly or wilfully causes to be done any act prohibited by this chapter or who knowingly violates or fails to comply with or knowingly procures, aids or abets any violation of this chapter or fails to comply with any order, decision or regulation of the Commissioner of Transportation, or who is guilty of any violation of this chapter for which no penalty is otherwise provided, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars for the first offense and shall be fined not more than two thousand dollars for any subsequent offense.

(b) The commissioner, after notice and hearing, may impose a civil penalty of not more than one hundred dollars for each offense on any person, including a carrier, shipper, consignee or broker or any officer, employee or agent of such person who violates any provision of this chapter. Each day on which the violation occurs shall be deemed a separate offense.

(c) Notwithstanding any provision of the general statutes to the contrary, any person who is alleged to have committed a violation under the provisions of sections 13b-410a to 13b-410c, inclusive, or of any regulation adopted in accordance with the provisions of subsection (a) of section 13b-410 shall follow the procedures set forth in section 51-164n.

(1949 Rev., S. 5704; P.A. 75-486, S. 1, 69; P.A. 77-614, S. 162, 610; P.A. 80-482, S. 154, 348; P.A. 88-249, S. 2, 9; P.A. 90-178; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-13, S. 3, 21; P.A. 93-307, S. 23, 34; P.A. 99-181, S. 8, 40.)

History: P.A. 75-486 replaced public utilities commission with public utilities control authority; P.A. 77-614 replaced public utilities control authority with division of public utility control within the department of business regulation, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 80-482 made division an independent department and deleted reference to abolished department of business regulation; P.A. 88-249 transferred powers and duties from public utility control department to transportation department, amending section as required by section 2 of the act (codified as Sec. 13b-387a), effective July 1, 1989. (Revisor’s note: Statute published in both Title 16 and Title 13b in the Connecticut General Statutes, Revision of 1958, revised to 1989; Sec. 16-308 transferred to Sec. 13b-414, effective July 1, 1989); P.A. 90-178 increased penalty for subsequent violations of the section; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 91-13 replaced “infraction” with “violation” and added Subsec. (b) to require violations to follow procedures of the centralized infractions bureau of the superior court established in Sec. 51-164n; P.A. 93-307 deleted references to Secs. 13b-404, 13b-404a and 13b-405, which were repealed by the same act, substituting reference to Secs. 13b-410a to 13b-410c, inclusive, effective June 29, 1993; P.A. 99-181 inserted new provisions re imposition of civil penalties as Subsec. (b), relettering existing Subsec. as (c), and made technical changes, effective June 23, 1999.

Sec. 13b-415. Motor carrier obligation re operator’s skills, capability and fitness. No motor carrier, as defined in 49 CFR 350.105 or 49 CFR 390.5, as amended, shall authorize or employ any person to operate any motor vehicle registered or required to be registered in this state with a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of eighteen thousand one or more pounds without an on-the-road skills test performed in such motor vehicle and without a written certification, signed and dated by such motor carrier, that such person possesses the skills, capability and fitness to operate such motor vehicle safely.

(P.A. 06-130, S. 26.)

History: P.A. 06-130 effective July 1, 2006.