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Motor Carrier Transportation Division Rulemaking Actions

Proposed Motor Carrier Rules

These proposed rule changes are open for public comment. Please send your written comments to the ODOT Rules Coordinator.

Refund of Fees and Tax on Fuel Purchases

This proposed rulemaking sets $100 as the minimum amount for which the Department will issue a refund check to a motor carrier. Motor carriers can have credits of less than $100 applied to other taxes due. The Department will issue a check for less than $100 after a motor carrier’s account is audited and the account is closed. Clarifying language has been added to require a fuel card statement to clearly identify retail and cardlock purchases to ensure refunds are not provided to motor carriers that purchase fuel where the tax is not actually paid.

Proposed Rule Text          Notice Forms 

Rules to be amended: 740-055-0020, 740-055-0110
Last date for public comment: August 21, 2015
Anticipated date of OTC approval: September 17, 2015

Electronic System

This proposed rulemaking allows the Department the option to require a motor carrier to use an automated electronic system operated by a motor carrier agent as a condition for continuing operations when the motor carrier is found to have repeatedly violated the laws and rules of the Department by failing to report and pay the Oregon Highway Use Tax.  A review of the motor carrier account can be requested after three years of compliance to relieve the requirement of the use of the automated electronic system.

Proposed Rule Text          Notice Forms

Rule to be adopted: 740-300-0005
Last date for public comment: August 21, 2015
Anticipated date of OTC approval: September 17, 2015

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Recently Closed Motor Carrier Rules

These proposals are no longer open for public comment. The Oregon Transportation Commission will consider approval of these proposed changes at its next meeting.

Federal Safety and Hazardous Materials Transportation Regulations

ODOT is proposing these rule revisions to certify that the agency trains safety inspectors and performs vehicle and driver inspections to the national standard recognized by USDOT as a necessary prelude to creating and using an Oregon decal which gives evidence to inspectors in jurisdictions outside of Oregon that a vehicle bearing such a decal has been inspected and declared defect free in a nationally uniform manner. Additionally, the rules are required to implement an Oregon Commercial Vehicle Inspection Decal.

Proposed Rule Text          Notice Forms

Rules to be adopted: 740-100-0045, 740-100-0049, 740-100-0055
Rules to be amended: 740-100-0015, 740-100-0055, 740-100-0065, 740-100-0070, 740-100-0080, 740-100-0085, 740-100-0090
Rule to be repealed: 740-100-0110
Anticipated date of OTC approval: August 21, 2015

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Recently Adopted Motor Carrier Rules

These rule changes have been adopted approximately in the last six months.

Fire Apparatus

In 2003 OAR 734-082-0009 was revised to require fire apparatus exceeding legal size and weight limits to obtain variance permits for operations in Oregon. These rule amendments increase the permitted vehicle weight from 600 pounds per inch of tire width to 635 pounds.

Final Rule Text          Filing Certificate

Rule amended: 734-082-0009
Filed and effective: June 23, 2015

Annual Readoption of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations

These rule amendments include the annual adoption of FMCSR and the international standards related to driver, vehicle and hazardous materials out-of-service violations.The changes ensure Oregon's motor carrier regulations are current with national and international standards.

Final Rule Text          Filing Certificate

Rules amended: 740-100-0010, 740-100-0065, 740-100-0070, 740-100-0080, 740-100-0085, 740-100-0090, 740-110-0010
Filed and effective: May 26, 2015

Annual Readoption of IRP, HVUT and IFTA Regulations

These amendments adopted the rules of the International Registration Plan, the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, and the International Fuel Tax Agreement to their effective dates of January 1, 2015.

Final Rule Text          Filing Certificate

Rules amended: 740-200-0010, 740-200-0020, 740-200-0040
Filed and effective: May 26, 2015

Tandem Drive Axles

This rulmaking amended the requirement to have power transmitted by both drive axles which will allow motor carriers to operate under an extended weight permit with motive power transmitted to a single drive axle.

Final Rule Text          Filing Certificate

Rule amended: 734-074-0010
Filed and effective: April 21, 2015

Warning Sign Requirements

These amendments implement a WASHTO recommendation that sign requirements be consistent from state to state by removing the provisions that allow a 1-5/8 inch brush stroke or a border with not more than 1-5/8 inch brush stokes around the edge of the sign.

Final Rule Text          Filing Certificate

Rules amended: 734-074-0060, 734-075-0045, 734-076-0135, 734-078-0030, 734-082-0037
Filed and effective: April 21, 2015

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Published Motor Carrier Rules

This link will take you to Chapter 740 Motor Carrier rules on the Secretary of State's web page.

Chapter 734 Motor Carrier rules are in divisions 70 through 79 and 82.

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