2007 Regular Session
By: Representative Miles
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTIONS 77-7-7 AND 77-7-16, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO EXEMPT CERTAIN VEHICLES FROM REGULATION UNDER THE MISSISSIPPI MOTOR CARRIER REGULATORY LAW OF 1938; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 77-7-7, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
77-7-7. Whenever used in this chapter unless expressly stated otherwise:
(a) The term "person" means individual, firm, copartnership, corporation, company, association or joint-stock association, and includes any trustee, receiver, assignee or personal representative thereof.
(b) The term "commission" means the Public Service Commission of the State of Mississippi.
(c) The term "highway" means every public highway or place of whatever nature open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicle travel in this state, including the streets and alleys in towns and cities.
(d) The term "motor vehicle" and "vehicle" means any vehicle, machine, tractor, trailer or semitrailer propelled or drawn by mechanical power and used upon the highways in the transportation of passengers or property; such term, however, does not include any vehicle, locomotive or car operated exclusively on a rail or rails.
(e) The term "common carrier by motor vehicle" means any person who or which undertakes, whether directly or by a lease or any other arrangement, to transport passengers or household goods.
(f) The term "contract carrier by motor vehicle" means any person, not included under subsection (e) of this section, who or which, under special and individual contracts or agreements, and whether directly or by a lease or any other arrangement, transports passengers or household goods.
(g) The term "restricted motor carrier" means all carriers of property, except household goods, by motor vehicle for compensation.
(h) The "services" and "transportation" to which this chapter applies include all vehicles operated by, for or in the interest of any motor carrier irrespective of ownership or contract, express or implied, together with all facilities and property operated or controlled by any such carrier or carriers and used in the transportation of passengers or property or in the performance of any service in connection therewith.
(i) The term "certificate" means a certificate of public convenience and necessity issued by the commission to common carriers by motor vehicle and restricted common carriers by motor vehicle under this chapter.
(j) The term "permit" means a permit issued by the commission to contract carriers by motor vehicle under this chapter.
(k) The term "interstate permit" means a permit issued under the terms of this chapter to the holder of a certificate of public convenience and necessity, a permit, or other operating authority from the Interstate Commerce Commission.
(l) The term "owner" or "operator" and "owner and operator" means any individual, firm, copartnership, corporation, company, association or joint stock association, and includes any trustee, receiver, assignee or personal representative thereof, to whom or to which a certificate of convenience and necessity or permit or interstate permit has been issued by the Public Service Commission.
(m) The term "vanpooling" means a nonprofit arrangement entered into to provide for the transportation of persons to and from their places of employment utilizing a motor vehicle manufactured primarily for the transporting of not less than eight (8) nor more than fifteen (15) people, and where the costs of operating said vehicle, including reasonable vehicle depreciation costs, are paid for by those people utilizing such arrangement.
(n) The term "gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR)" means the value specified by the manufacturer as the loaded weight of a single motor vehicle.
(o) The term "gross combination weight rating (GCWR)" means the value specified by the manufacturer as the loaded weight of a combination (articulated) motor vehicle. In the absence of a value specified by the manufacturer, GCWR will be determined by adding the GVWR of the power unit and the total weight of the towed unit and any load thereon.
SECTION 2. Section 77-7-16, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
77-7-16. (1) Supervision and inspection of the safe operation and the safe use of equipment of motor vehicles operating in the state shall be a specified duty of the Mississippi Transportation Commission. In accordance therewith, the commission shall promulgate as its own and enforce the rules, regulations, requirements and classifications of the United States Department of Transportation or any successor federal agency thereof charged with the regulation of motor vehicle safety. The Mississippi Transportation Commission shall establish a system of reciprocity with other states to facilitate the inspection of motor vehicles provided for in this subsection.
(2) The Mississippi Transportation Commission shall have the authority to inspect for safe operation and safe use of equipment the following motor vehicles:
(a) Each holder of a certificate of convenience and necessity, a permit to operate as a contract carrier or interstate permit;
(b) Any individual, corporation or partnership engaged in a commercial enterprise operating a single motor vehicle or those in combination with a manufacturer's gross vehicle rating of more than ten thousand (10,000) pounds; and
(c) Any individual, corporation or partnership operating a motor vehicle of any gross weight transporting hazardous material that requires placarding under the Federal Hazardous Material Regulations.
(3) This section shall not apply to the following:
(a) Motor vehicles employed to transport school children and teachers;
(b) Motor vehicles owned and operated by the United States, District of Columbia or any state or any municipality or any other political subdivision of this state;
(c) Motor vehicles engaged in the occasional transportation of personal property without compensation by individuals which is not in the furtherance of a commercial enterprise;
(d) Motor vehicles engaged in the transportation of human corpses or sick or injured persons;
(e) Motor vehicles engaged in emergency or related operations;
(f) Motor vehicles engaged in the private transportation of passengers;
(g) Motor vehicles, including pickup trucks, that have a GVWR or GCWR of twenty-six thousand (26,000) pounds or less, operating intrastate only, provided that such vehicle does not:
(i) Transport hazardous material requiring a placard; or
(ii) Transport Sixteen (16) or more passengers, including the driver.
(h) Motor vehicles owned and operated by any farmer who:
(i) Is using the vehicle to transport agricultural products from a farm owned by the farmer, or to transport farm machinery or farm supplies to or from a farm owned by the farmer;
(ii) Is not using the vehicle to transport hazardous materials of a type or quantity that requires the vehicle to be placarded in accordance with the Federal Hazardous Material Regulations in CFR 49 part 177.823; and
(iii) Is using the vehicle within one hundred fifty (150) air miles of the farmer's farm, and the vehicle is a private motor carrier of property.
(i) Motor vehicles engaged in the transportation of logs and pulpwood between the point of harvest and the first point of processing the harvested product;
(j) Motor vehicles engaged exclusively in hauling gravel, soil or other unmanufactured road building materials;
(k) As to hours of service only, utility service vehicles owned or operated by public utilities subject to regulation by the commission, while in intrastate commerce within this state, with a manufacturer's gross vehicle rating of less than twenty-six thousand one (26,001) pounds, unless the vehicle:
(i) Transports hazardous materials requiring a placard; or
(ii) Is designed or used to transport sixteen (16) or more people, including the driver.
(4) Anyone who violates or fails to comply with this section shall be subject to the penalties as provided for in Section 77-7-311, Mississippi Code of 1972.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2007.