Two new laws in Colorado are focused on keeping the state’s roadways a little more safe.
Gov. Bill Ritter put his signature on a bill that is intended to ensure that companies with outstanding civil penalties for safety violations aren’t using roadways in the state.
Previously SB62, the new law allows the state to cancel and/or prohibit the renewal of vehicle registrations for instrastate motor carriers who have failed to pay outstanding fines for safety violations. Affected carriers would also be forbidden from working on state projects. The new law took effect July 1.
Trucks that operate interstate will 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 will be safer roads for travelers in the state.
Another new law now in effect requires officials with household goods movers in the state to submit to a fingerprint-based criminal history record check.
The new law, previously HB1249, requires the checks for owners, directors, officers and general partners of household movers. Registrants must supply the following information with each registration form: first, middle and last names; gender; Social Security number; and date and place of birth.
The Public Utilities Commission is 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.”
Intrastate movers also are required to provide shippers with a standard consumer advisement and provide for an arbitration process in regard to any disputes. In addition, it prohibits unregistered movers from acquiring or enforcing a carrier’s lien.
To view other legislative activities of interest for Colorado in 2007, click here.
– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor