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DIVISION 2. REGULATION OF RELATED BUSINESSES BY THE PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION [3901 - 5513]

  ( Division 2 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

CHAPTER 6. Transportation Rate Fund and Fees [5001 - 5012]
  ( Chapter 6 enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. )

5001.
  

This chapter is enacted for the following purpose:

(a) Creating a special fund to administer and enforce the commission’s jurisdiction to regulate household goods carriers.

(b) This chapter shall not apply to motor carriers of property who are required to register with the Department of Motor Vehicles under the Motor Carriers of Property Permit Act (Division 14.85 (commencing with Section 34600) of the Vehicle Code).

(Amended by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1042, Sec. 43. Effective September 29, 1996. Inoperative November 1, 2020. Repealed as of January 1, 2021, pursuant to Section 5012.)

5001.5.
  

In addition to those purposes specified in Sections 5001 and 5005, the commission may utilize the funds it collects pursuant to this chapter for the following purposes:

(a) The collection, aggregation, and analysis of data and information on the economics of the household goods carrier industry.

(b) The implementation of statutory policies or other legislative directives contained in law relating to the household goods carrier industry.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 1005, Sec. 71. Effective January 1, 2000. Inoperative November 1, 2020. Repealed as of January 1, 2021, pursuant to Section 5012.)

5002.
  

“Gross operating revenue” as used in this chapter includes all revenue derived from the transportation of property having origin and destination within this state, where the revenue is derived from transportation performed under a permit issued by the commission.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 1005, Sec. 72. Effective January 1, 2000. Inoperative November 1, 2020. Repealed as of January 1, 2021, pursuant to Section 5012.)

5003.1.
  

Every household goods carrier owning or operating motor vehicles in the transportation of property for hire upon the public highways under the jurisdiction of the commission shall, between the first and 15th days of January, April, July, and October of each year, file with the commission a statement showing the gross operating revenue derived by that person or corporation from the transportation of property for the preceding three calendar months, and shall, at the time of filing the report, pay to the commission a fee of fifteen dollars ($15) for each quarter. Five dollars ($5) from each fifteen dollars ($15) quarterly base fee shall be allocated on a quarterly basis to the Motor Carriers Safety Improvement Fund. Every household goods carrier owning or operating motor vehicles in the transportation of property for hire upon the public highways under the jurisdiction of the commission shall, at the time of filing the report, pay to the commission a fee equal to one-third of 1 percent of the amount of the gross operating revenue, except as follows:

(a) For any particular fiscal year, the commission, with the approval of the Department of Finance, may fix the fee at less than one-third of 1 percent of that amount.

(b) The commission may increase the fee pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 5003.2.

(Amended by Stats. 1997, Ch. 652, Sec. 4. Effective January 1, 1998. Inoperative November 1, 2020. Repealed as of January 1, 2021, pursuant to Section 5012.)

5003.2.
  

(a) Notwithstanding Section 5003.1, the commission shall require every highway carrier otherwise subject to Section 5003.1 for whom the commission does not establish minimum or maximum rates, or require rates to be on file with the commission, to pay a fee equal to one-tenth of 1 percent of the amount of gross operating revenue.

(b) When a household goods carrier pursuant to Section 5137 elects to transport under its household goods carrier permit used office, store, and institution furniture and fixtures, notwithstanding Section 5003.1, the fee on the gross operating revenue derived from transporting those items shall be one-tenth of 1 percent.

(c) The commission may raise the fee imposed by Section 5003.1 upon those persons and corporations subject to that section for whom the commission establishes minimum or maximum rates or requires rates to be on file, up to a maximum of seven-tenths of 1 percent of gross operating revenue, if the commission decides this increase is necessary to maintain adequate financing for the Transportation Rate Fund.

(Amended by Stats. 2005, Ch. 74, Sec. 66. Effective July 19, 2005. Inoperative November 1, 2020. Repealed as of January 1, 2021, pursuant to Section 5012.)

5005.
  

All fees collected under this chapter and all fees charged and collected for copies of papers, records, transcripts of testimony, or other documents, the cost of which is charged to the Transportation Rate Fund, shall be deposited at least once a month in the State Treasury to the credit of the Transportation Rate Fund, which is continued in existence. The money in the fund shall be in augmentation of the current appropriation for the support of the commission, and shall be expended by the commission for the purpose of administering and enforcing the Household Goods Carriers Act.

(Amended by Stats. 1996, Ch. 1042, Sec. 45. Effective September 29, 1996. Inoperative November 1, 2020. Repealed as of January 1, 2021, pursuant to Section 5012.)

5007.
  

If any transportation agency referred to in this chapter is in default in the payment of the fees prescribed, other than filing fees, for a period of 30 days or more, the commission may suspend or revoke any certificate of public convenience and necessity, permit, or license of such agency, and shall estimate from all available information the gross operating revenue of such agency, and shall add to such estimate a penalty of 25 percent for failure, neglect, or refusal to report. The transportation agency shall be estopped from complaining of the amount of such estimate. In no event shall such penalty be less than one dollar ($1). Upon payment of the amount estimated and the penalty thereon, the certificate, permit, or license of such agency theretofore suspended in accordance with the provisions of this section shall be reinstated.

The commission may grant a reasonable extension of such 30-day period to any transportation agency, upon written application of the transportation agency and proper showing thereunder of the necessity for such extension.

Upon revocation of any operating authority issued to any transportation agency subject to this chapter, all fees provided for herein shall become due and payable immediately.

(Amended by Stats. 1957, Ch. 408. Inoperative November 1, 2020. Repealed as of January 1, 2021, pursuant to Section 5012.)

5008.
  

The commission may bring an action, in its own name, or in the name of the people of the State, in any court of competent jurisdiction of the State, for the collection of delinquent fees estimated under Section 5007, or for an amount due, owing, and unpaid to it, as shown by report filed by the agency, together with a penalty of 25 percent for such delinquency.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. Inoperative November 1, 2020. Repealed as of January 1, 2021, pursuant to Section 5012.)

5009.
  

The employees, representatives, and inspectors of the commission may, under its order or direction, inspect and examine any books, accounts, records, memoranda, documents, papers, and correspondence kept or required to be kept by any transportation agency referred to in this chapter. The provisions of this section shall, to the extent deemed necessary by the commission, apply to persons having direct or indirect control over, or affiliated with any transportation agency.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 1005, Sec. 74. Effective January 1, 2000. Inoperative November 1, 2020. Repealed as of January 1, 2021, pursuant to Section 5012.)

5010.
  

The commission may make refunds out of money in its possession of the fees provided for in this chapter when it appears that such fees were paid in error.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. Inoperative November 1, 2020. Repealed as of January 1, 2021, pursuant to Section 5012.)

5011.
  

The commission may establish such rules as it deems necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter.

(Enacted by Stats. 1951, Ch. 764. Inoperative November 1, 2020. Repealed as of January 1, 2021, pursuant to Section 5012.)

5012.
  

This chapter shall become inoperative on November 1, 2020, and, as of January 1, 2021, is repealed.

(Added by Stats. 2018, Ch. 51, Sec. 47. (SB 854) Effective June 27, 2018. Inoperative November 1, 2020. Repealed as of January 1, 2021, by its own provisions. Note: Repeal affects Chapter 6, commencing with Section 5001.)

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