The Public Utilities Commission (PUCO) has revised its rules relative to motor carrier transportation safety. These revised rules now extend PUCO jurisdiction to regulate vehicle safety to vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 10,001 to 26,000 pounds that are operating on a not-for-hire basis within the state. According to the PUCO these new regulations were adopted by the state of Ohio so that they may continue to receive federal grant money for the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program (MCSAP). This federal grant program provides financial assistance to states to enforce the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and the Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations. Active enforcement was set to begin Jan. 1, 2011, but the PUCO recently announced a delay in the enforcement of this rule until Jan. 1, 2012. At this point in time, unless violations are egregious, no forfeitures or monetary penalties are being issued.
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