Governor signs PUC motor carrier enforcement bill

DENVER (June 1, 2017) -- Gov. John Hickenlooper today signed into law a bill that improves the ability of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to enforce motor carrier regulations.

Senate Bill 17-180, sponsored by Sen. John Cooke, R-Greeley, and Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo, streamlines the regulatory process governing motor carriers in Colorado that are regulated by the PUC, a division of the Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).

“SB17-180 improves the effectiveness of the PUC’s enforcement efforts to better protect consumers – all the while reducing costs,” DORA Executive Director Joe Neguse said.

The bill makes several important changes to transportation enforcement laws:

• The bill removes burden of proof requirements that the PUC must prove that a motor carrier intends to violate the law. 
• The bill clarifies and improves due process to revoke a permit for failure to abide by a PUC decision.
• The bill ensures that the PUC has the resources needed to meet the need for enforcing transportation laws.

“Without this bill, the PUC would still have to prove that a motor carrier intended to violate the law. Similar to a police officer having to prove that a driver meant to speed instead of just proving that the driver was speeding, it was an unreasonable burden of proof,” PUC Director Doug Dean said. “This bill streamlines the PUC’s enforcement efforts and provides much-needed clarity to the regulated carriers.”

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Terry Bote
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Public Utilities Commission
p: 303-894-2827
terry.bote@state.co.us