Legislation in the Colorado General Assembly is targeting
certain trucking companies that operate in the state.
A bill offered by Sen. Sue Windels, D-Arvada, is intended to
ensure that motor carriers with outstanding civil penalties for safety
violations aren't using the state's roadways.
The Senate Transportation Committee approved the bill that
would cancel and/or prohibit the renewal of vehicle registrations for
intrastate motor carriers that have failed to pay outstanding fines for safety
violations. The motor carriers would also be forbidden from working on state
Supporters say the protections are needed to force
compliance with the state's safety rules. They say the result would be safer
roads for travelers in the state.
Another bill would require officials with newly registered
household goods movers to submit to a fingerprint-based criminal history record
Sponsored by Rep. Dianne Primavera, D-Broomfield, the
measure would require the checks for owners, directors, officers and general
partners in newly registered household movers. After Jan. 1, 2008, the rule
would apply to movers already registered.
The bill summary said the Public Utilities Commission would
be allowed to "deny, revoke or refuse to renew the registration of a mover that
is not of good moral character . or has not satisfied a civil or criminal
judgment against it."
The measure also would mandate that intrastate movers
provide shippers with a standard consumer advisement and also provide for an
arbitration process in regard to any disputes.
In addition, it would prohibit unregistered movers from
acquiring or enforcing a carrier's lien.
Windels' bill - SB62 - is in the Senate Appropriations
Committee. Primavera's bill - HB1249 - is in the House Transportation
- By Keith Goble,
state legislative editor