View Amendment Current Amendment: JUD to Bill 1045

The COMMITTEE on JUDICIARY proposed the following amendment (JUD1045.002):

Amend the bill, as and if amended, page 3, by striking line 19 through line 35, in Section 58-23-30, as contained in SECTION 3, and inserting:

/ "Section 58-23-30. 'For compensation' as used in Section 58-23-20 means a return payment in money or property for transportation of persons, hazardous waste for disposal, or household goods or property by motor vehicle over public highways within the State of South Carolina., whether paid, received or realized, and shall specifically include any profit realized on the delivered price of cargo where title or ownership is temporarily vested during transit in the carrier as a subterfuge for the purpose of avoiding regulation under this chapter. Where the profit is equal to or less than the regularly established rate applicable to the transportation of property by common carriers authorized by law to transport property for compensation, such scheme or device shall be presumed to be a subterfuge for the purpose of avoiding regulation under this chapter for those other than certificated carriers within their operating authority; provided, however, nothing herein shall prohibit the vendor from delivering any purchased property to the vendee." /

Amend the bill further, as and if amended, beginning on page 4, line 15, and ending on page 5, line 19, by striking SECTION 6 and SECTION 7 in their entirety, and inserting:

/ SECTION6. Section 58-23-210 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 58-23-210. The Office of Regulatory Staff, upon order of the commission, may issue six classes of certificates as are mentioned in Section 58-23-40 after application therefor has been made in writing by the owner of the vehicles upon blanks provided by the commission and after such hearing as the commission may consider proper. The commission must hear any objections by any person or corporation who may be affected by the issuance of a certificate by the Office of Regulatory Staff. The six classes of certificates shall be respectively designated certificate A, certificate B, certificate C, certificate D, certificate E, and certificate F.

(A)An applicant applying for a certificate or applying to amend a certificate to operate as a motor vehicle common carrier must submit a written application to the commission on a form provided by the commission. The commission must post information regarding an application to apply for a certificate or amend a certificate for fifteen days immediately following receipt of the application. Any person who may be affected by the issuance or amendment of the requested certificate or amendment may file a written objection with the commission within fourteen days after the commission posts the notice regarding the application.

(B)(1) If no objection to an application is filed pursuant to subsection (A), the commission may meet to determine if the applicant is fit, willing and able to perform the proposed service, upon a showing based upon criteria established by the commission. If the commission issues a directive approving the application, the Office of Regulatory Staff may then issue the certificate. The directive of the commission shall serve as the commission's order thirty days after issuance.

(2) If an objection is filed with the commission, the commission must hold a hearing to determine if the applicant is fit, willing and able to perform the proposed service. The commission must publish a notice of hearing for an application for a certificate on the commission's website for not less than thirty days before the date of the hearing.

(C) If an application is denied, another application may not be made until at least six months have elapsed since the date of the denial."

SECTION7. Section 58-23-220 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:

"Section 58-23-220. The Office of Regulatory Staff, upon order directive of the commission, may issue a certificate A in the following cases:

(1) to an applicant to operate in territory already served by any certificate holder under this chapter or any common carrier when the public convenience and necessity in such territory are is not already being reasonably served by some other certificate holder or common carrier, provided such applicant propose to operate on a fixed schedule and to comply with the other provisions contained in Articles 1 to 11 of this chapter and the rules and regulations which may be made by the commission respecting holders of this class of certificates; and

(2) to an applicant for a certificate to operate upon a regular schedule in a territory not already served by the holder of a certificate A, when public convenience and necessity in such territory are is not being reasonably served by a certificate holder under this chapter or a common carrier; provided, that when a certificate A is issued to an applicant over territory which is being served at the time such certificate is granted by the holder of a certificate B, the right of the applicant to operate under certificate A shall not begin until the expiration of the then license year of the holder of the certificate B and the holder of a certificate B shall be preferred in granting a certificate A over the route unless in the judgment of the commission it would not be in the interest of the public service.

In either case the existence of a railroad or other motor vehicle carrier in the territory sought to be served by the applicant shall not be considered by the commission as good cause for refusing the application." /

Amend the bill further, as and if amended, page 7, line 11 through line 31, by striking SECTION 14 in its entirety.

Amend the bill further, as and if amended, page 10, by striking line 27 through line 43, in Section 58-23-1010, as contained in SECTION 20, and inserting:

/ "Section 58-23-1010. (A) The commission shall regulate every motor carrier in this State and fix or approve the rates, fares, charges, classifications, and regulations pertaining to each motor carrier, except as provided in Section 58-23-20. The rates once established remain in effect until such time when the commission determines the rates are unreasonable. The commission may approve joint rates, local rates, and rate agreements between two or more motor carriers relating to rates, classifications, allowances, and charges agreed to and published by individuals, firms, corporations, or the South Carolina Tariff Bureau. Any of these agreements when approved by the commission are not in violation of Section 39-3-10.

(B) As to holders of a certificate CE, the commission shall fix a maximum rate only the carrier shall file a maximum rate schedule with the commission. The commission must post the maximum rate schedule filing within one business day of receipt. The new maximum rate schedule shall go into effect one business day following the commission's posting of the new schedule. Holders of certificate E shall have the flexibility for adjustment of the rates below the maximum rate levels without commission approval. The commission shall publish the maximum rate schedule on its website." /

Amend the bill further, as and if amended, page 12, lines 6-11, by striking SECTION 25 and SECTION 26, and inserting:

/ SECTION25. Chapter 23, Title 58 of the 1976 Code is amended by repealing Sections 58-23-300, 58-23-330, 58-23-530, 58-23-540, 58-23-550, and 58-23-1060.

SECTION 26. The Public Service Commission must make information readily available so that the general public can easily access information regarding the requirements in Articles 3 and 9 in Chapter 23, Title 58. This includes, but is not limited to, the commission posting on its website information regarding the following: list of certified companies, maximum rates, insurance, and complaint resolution.

SECTION 27.This act becomes effective upon approval by the Governor. /