The Applications / Compliance Bureau processes all applications for authorities to operate as a regulated motor carrier. Every person providing compensated transportation services in the State must receive an operating authority from the PRC, including limousines, taxis, ambulances, shuttle services, tour and sightseeing operators, towing services, and repossession services. All applications for changes to operating authorities or to tariffs are also processed by the bureau. The bureau also administers the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) system on behalf of the State and enforces compliance with the PRC’s financial responsibility requirements and annual reports.
The Investigations Bureau enforces the PRC’s rules and regulations and the Motor Carrier Act. The bureau conducts periodic inspections of all motor carriers and investigates complaints. The bureau may present the results of its inspections and investigations to the PRC and ask that the PRC impose a fine on a motor carrier and suspend or revoke its operating authority. The bureau also enforces railroad safety standards through a partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration.
The Pipeline Safety Bureau conducts audits and inspections of intrastate natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines. The bureau also does damage prevention and enforces federal pipeline regulations on behalf of PHMSA for the State.