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PUCO schedules commercial motor carrier listening sessions

Published Jan. 31, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Matt Butler 614 | 466 7750

PUCO schedules commercial motor carrier listening sessions

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Jan. 19, 2011) – Ohio’s motor carrier community is invited to provide the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) with testimony regarding new safety rules that apply to private intrastate commercial motor vehicles.  The PUCO will host five listening sessions to learn from small carriers about the operational and financial costs of compliance with the rules.

The sessions are scheduled for:

Feb. 9, 2011 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Grove City Municipal Building, Council Chambers

4035 Broadway

Grove City, Ohio  43123

Feb. 22, 2011 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Middletown City Building, Council Chambers

1 Donham Plaza

Middletown, Ohio  45042

Feb. 23, 2011 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Oliver R. Ocasek Government Center, Auditorium

161 South High Street

Akron, Ohio  44038

Feb. 24, 2011 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Findlay Municipal Building, Council Chambers

318 Dorney Plaza

Findlay, Ohio  45840

March 1, 2011 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Cambridge Municipal Court

150 Highland Avenue, Suite 1

Cambridge, Ohio  43725

The PUCO approved the rules to improve safety among motor carriers that use vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) or gross combination weight rating (GCWR) of 10,001 to 26,000 pounds to transport property or passengers on a not-for-hire basis within Ohio.

The PUCO is in the midst of an education and awareness campaign to identify and educate carriers that may be subject to the new rules. As a result, fines will not be assessed during roadside safety inspections until Jan. 1, 2012, unless egregious violations are discovered. However, vehicles and drivers found not to be in compliance with the rules may be placed out-of-service.

Additional information about the new motor carrier rules is available on the PUCO Web site at www.PUCO.ohio.gov.

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The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business, and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe, and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO hotline at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.



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