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NOTICE TO ALL MOTOR CARRIERS: UCR & GIMC Registration Programs Are Moving to GA DPS on July 1, 2014

Effective July 1, 2014, the Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) (for Interstate motor carriers) and the Georgia Intrastate Motor Carrier (GIMC) Registration (UCR-GA for intrastate carriers) Programs are moving from the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR) to the Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS). DPS is currently in the process of creating a new trucking portal website for customers to register and pay fees for both of these important programs. This website will be operational by July 1, 2014, and all registrations and renewals will be handled through the DPS Portal. In the interim, please visit our websites, www.dps.georgia.gov and www.gamccd.net, frequently for updates regarding UCR and GIMC.


NOTICE OF NON-CONSENSUAL TOWING RULE AND MAXIMUM RATE TARIFF CHANGES

On June 2, 2014, based on the authority granted to the Commissioner of Public Safety in O.C.G.A § 44-1-13, G.P.S.C. Rule 515-16-15, pertaining to Non-Consensual Towing operations, will change to Department of Public Safety Rule 570-6. Such Rule change modifies the existing Rule by allowing property owners to submit tow authorizations or tow bills electronically. Click here to view DPS Rule 570-6.

Additionally, on June 2, 2014, based on the authority granted to the Commissioner of Public Safety in O.C.G.A. § 44-1-13, the G.P.S.C. Non-Consensual Towing (NCT) Maximum Rate Tariff will change to the Department of Public Safety Non-Consensual Towing (NCT) Maximum Rate Tariff. The amended Tariff allows licensed Non-Consensual Towing companies to increase certain towing rates and charges. Click here to review the DPS Non-Consensual Towing Maximum Rate Tariff.

Based on recent legislation (HB 323), the limousine carrier identification and marking requirements will change on July 1, 2013. Limousine carrier vehicles must be marked as specified in OCGA §40-1-167, as follows:

Each “LIMOUSINE CARRIER” which registers any vehicle under this article shall, for each such certificated vehicle, affix to the center of the front bumper of each such certificated vehicle a standard size license plate bearing the following information:

For Lightweight Commercial Vehicles (LCMVs) ( 8 or less passenger capacity including the driver):

  1. Limousine Carrier name
  2. City & State of principal domicile
  3. Company Telephone Number
  4. Department of Public Safety MCA Number, which is issued by DPS at the time the operating authority is issued

For Commercial Motor Vehicles ( more than 8 passenger capacity including the driver):

  1. Limousine Carrier name
  2. City & State of principal domicile
  3. Company Telephone Number
  4. Federal or State Motor Carrier Identification Number (USDOT number)

The “Class IE-1” marking designation is no longer authorized for use on the license plates.

HOUSEHOLD GOODS MAXIMUM RATE TARIFF AMENDMENT

Under authority granted the Commissioner of Public Safety in O.C.G.A. §40-1-118, effective April 1, 2013, the G.P.S.C. Maximum Rate Tariff No. 2 is amended by including provisions for intrastate motor carriers of household goods to charge “travel time” and a “fuel surcharge.” These tariff concessions are designed to curtail some of the current economic challenges encountered by household good movers statewide. As a point of note, household goods movers are under no obligation to assess travel time and fuel surcharges to customers; the assessing of such fees is optional and not a matter of law. Click here to view the specifics regarding these changes. Click here to view the Commissioner’s Administrative Order and Rule promulgation.

* * * * * * * * CONSUMER ADVISORY * * * * * * * *

Prom season is almost upon us! Please keep the safety of yourself and your loved ones in mind when you decide to hire a particular limousine or party bus company. We at the Department of Public Safety encourage you to hire only those passenger and limousine carriers that are licensed by the Georgia Department of Public Safety. And, it is so simple and convenient to check our databases to see if a company you want to hire is a legal company. In simple terms, if the company does not appear on our database, the company is not legal to conduct limousine or bus operations in Georgia. To check our limousine carrier database, go to: http://www.gamccd.net/LPCLimousineCarriers.aspx. If you want to check to check to see if a party bus company is legal go to: http://www.gamccd.net/LPCBusCarriers.aspx. If you have questions, please call Chelsia Brodie at (404) 624-7243 or (404) 624-7244. Also, in the course of your research if you find an unlicensed limousine or bus company, please give us a call. In reporting such illegal activities, you may save someone’s life.

* * * * * * * NOTICE TO ALL CARRIERS POSSESSING USDOT NUMBERS * * * * * * *

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Department of Public Safety are requiring all companies who possess USDOT numbers to perform a Biennial Update, regardless of whether or not the carrier’s motor carrier information has changed. This law comes into effect on November 1, 2013, but the date that a carrier must update their MCS 150 (Biennial Update) is determined by their USDOT Number as specified in Title 49, CFR, 390.19.The link below will provide the information and guidance so you can update your information online. Failure to complete a Biennial Update may result in deactivation of your USDOT number and civil penalties of up to $1,000 per day, not to exceed $10,000.
  www.fmcsa.dot.gov/registration-licensing/Update_your_registration.aspx

* * * * * RELOCATION NOTICE * * * * *

The MCCD Regulations Compliance office has relocated to the Department of Public Safety Headquarters located at 959 East Confederate Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30316. All of our telephone numbers have changed; the new numbers are listed below. If you have questions, please contact us at (404) 624-7244. NOTE: Walk-in customers are welcome, but we encourage you to make an appointment due to our on-going security measures at our Headquarters facility.

Household Goods Operations
  • Lynn Smith: (404) 624-7241
Passenger & Limousine Carrier Operations
  • Kathy Williams: (404) 624-7244
Non-Consensual Towing
  • Brenda Hogans: (404) 624-7242
Administrative Support
  • Pat Mitchell: (404) 624-7245
  • Chelsia Brodie : (404) 624-7243
Fax # (404) 624-7246

NOTE: Beginning Wednesday, March 20, 2013, passenger and limousine carrier inspections will be conducted by appointment at the Department of Public Safety's I-20 East Inspection Station in Douglas County. Questions on scheduling or for directions to the Douglas County facility on I-20 should be directed to Kathy Williams at (404) 624-7244. All applications for Household Goods, Passenger Carrier Certificates and Permits, Limousine Carrier Certificates, and Non-Consensual Towing Permits are available on this website.

Effective July 1, 2012, the Georgia Motor Carrier Act of 2012 (HB 865) transferred responsibility for regulation, certification, permitting, and enforcement of laws, rules, and regulations governing household goods movers, passenger carriers (motor coaches & buses), luxury limousine carriers, and non-consensual towing operations from the Georgia Public Service Commission to the Georgia Department of Public Safety.

The Motor Carrier Compliance Division, Regulations Compliance Section, of the Georgia Department of Public Safety is responsible for the enforcement of the Rules, Regulations, and Laws governing household goods movers, passenger carriers (motor coaches & buses), luxury limousine carriers, and non-consensual towing operations. The contact number is 404-624-7244.

The Department is firmly committed to fair economic practices and the safe operation of motor vehicles. Under current Georgia law, motor carriers engaging in the intrastate (within Georgia) transportation of household goods and passengers are required to possess Certificates or Permits issued by the Georgia Department of Public Safety. Additionally, limousine carriers and non-consensual tow operations are also required to possess Certificates or Permits issued by the DPS.

Furthermore, drivers of luxury limousines and limousine carrier vehicles must have a “Chauffer’s” endorsement on their driver’s license, which is issued by the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS).

The Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS) is primarily a law enforcement organization, and we encourage all motor carriers and drivers to comply with the Rules and Regulations of the Department, as well as Georgia law. Those who choose to operate illegally may face both criminal and civil penalties for non-compliance.

Also, please visit our Department of Public Safety website at www.dps.georgia.gov

Transportation Notices

Hearing Notice

Transportation Rules

Public Service Commission Transportation Rules

!!!!! ATTENTION PASSENGER CARRIERS & LIMOUSINE CARRIERS!!!!!

New Applicants

New applicants for Certificates or Permits to transport passengers for hire, including limousine carriers, must have all of their vehicles inspected by a MCCD officer prior to such authority being issued by Department of Public Safety. This is also an annual requirement.

Existing Certificated or Permitted Carriers (those already possessing passenger carrier or limousine carrier authority)

AFTER January 1, 2013, all motor carriers of passengers, including limousine carriers, who possess a Certificate or Permit to transport passengers issued by DPS must have their vehicles inspected annually by a MCCD officer; the purpose of these inspections is to verify the safety of the vehicle and the driver. Also, any additional vehicles added to your fleet must receive a DPS safety inspection, prior to utilizing them in passenger carrier or limousine carrier service. Beginning on Wednesday, March 20, 2013, all passenger carrier and limousine carrier safety inspections for NEW APPLICANTS will be performed at our Douglas County Inspection Station facility, instead of our facility on Chester Avenue.

Directions: The DPS Douglas County Inspection Station is located on I-20 Eastbound approximately 15 miles west of Downtown Atlanta. The station may be entered from I-20 or from Blair’s Bridge Road east of Mount Vernon Road. Please watch for truck traffic and observe the traffic flow. Click here for map

What is the procedure for the scheduling of the safety inspections? All counties in Georgia are located within 1 of 9 geographical MCCD Regions. Sometime before December 31, 2013, a person from the geographical MCCD Region where you are located will contact you to schedule your safety inspections.
It is also your duty as the motor carrier to make sure your safety inspections are conducted by MCCD staff no later than December 31, 2013. Furthermore, motor carriers failing to show up for inspection at the designated place and times will be charged a rescheduling fee, if at least 24 hours’ notice of cancellation is not provided. If you have questions you may call (404) 624-7244 or (404) 624-7241.