Some truck bills advance, others stall in Colorado statehouse

| 3/13/2007

Legislation in the Colorado General Assembly is focused on certain trucking companies that operate in the state.

The Senate unanimously approved a bill - SB62 - that is intended to ensure that companies with outstanding civil penalties for safety violations aren't using the state's roadways.

Sponsored by Sen. Sue Windels, D-Arvada, the bill would cancel and/or prohibit the renewal of vehicle registrations for intrastate motor carriers who have failed to pay outstanding fines for safety violations. The motor carriers would also be forbidden from working on state projects.

Trucks that operate interstate would be exempt from the rule until July 1, 2009.

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.

Windels' bill now heads to the House for further consideration.

Another bill has stalled that would require officials with newly registered household goods movers to submit to a fingerprint-based criminal history record check.

Sponsored by Rep. Dianne Primavera, D-Broomfield, the measure remained in the House Appropriations Committee at the deadline to advance from the chamber. The committee's inaction makes it unlikely the bill will gain passage this year.

The bill - HB1249 - 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.

- By Keith Goble, state legislative editor