Transportation Carrier Types

Common Carriers

Common Carriers are statutorily declared to be a public utility and must serve the public indiscriminately. Common carriers offer scheduled and/or call-and-demand services, such as: taxis, sightseeing services, shuttles, and charters.  More>

Contract Carriers

Contract Carriers are limited to providing service pursuant to a contract that addresses unique customer requirements at a price not less than that of existing common carriers. These carriers are issued a permit which authorizes them to perform agreed upon services for their contracted customer. There is no obligation or ability to serve the general public. Contract carrier regulation includes: rates, quality of service, insurance, vehicle safety, driver safety, and record keeping.  More>

Hazardous Materials Carriers

Hazardous Materials Carriers are subject to PUC registration and insurance requirements. Safety oversight is the jurisdiction of the Colorado State Patrol.  More>

Household Goods Carriers

The PUC protects consumers by regulating moving companies, including insurance and advisement requirements.  More>

Limited Regulation Carriers

Title 40, Article 10.1, C.R.S. governs the Commission's role in the regulation of Limited Regulation Carriers. This group of carriers includes: luxury limousines, Medicaid client transport, charter buses, off-road scenic charter services, and children's activity buses.  More>

Towing Carriers

Title 40, Article 10.1, C.R.S. governs the Commission's role in the regulation of Towing Carriers. The PUC permits Towing Carriers and regulates the rates that can be charged for a nonconsensual tow and the amount of insurance and bonds the tow company must carry. More>

Transportation Network Companies

A Transportation Network Company (like Lyft or UberX) uses a digital network to connect riders to drivers for the purpose of providing transportation. More>

Contact Information
Colorado Public Utilities Commission
1560 Broadway, Suite 250
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: 303-894-2000, option 4 | Fax: 303-894-2065