The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio Pulls Rules for Private Commercial Vehicles Between 10,001 and 26,000 Pounds

On March 5, 2008, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio approved amendments to Ohio’s motor carrier safety rules that subjected private commercial motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight between 10,001 and 26,000 pounds transporting property or passengers on a not-for-hire basis within Ohio to the PUCO’s safety jurisdiction. This rule change would have ensured Ohio’s motor carrier rules were consistent with federal regulations.

However, on November 23, 2010, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) decided to delayed active enforcement of the new motor carrier safety rules citing that the transportation community affected by these new safety regulations was unprepared for active enforcement.

After much pressure from lawmakers and business interests, including the introduction of HB 82 (Grossman, Boose), which would have significantly limited the scope of the rules, the PUCO decided to rescind the rules. In withdrawing the rules, the commission directed staff to create a report recommending possible future rule changes, taking into consideration their impact on business. In the meantime, the previous rules affecting intrastate motor vehicles within that weight range are in effect.