DRAFT CSC, Title 31.  Vehicles
 
CHAPTER 8
Commercial Vehicles

1351.  Regulations of, and inspections by, Department of Public Safety.
1352.  Rates.
1353.  Condition of Commercial Vehicles.
1354.  Commercial vehicle; Operator's license.
1355.  Same: display: license, rates, driver identification.
1356.  Distinctive markings and tags on commercial vehicles.
1357.  Taxi signs.
1358.  Passengers on vehicles.
1359.  Safety rules and regulations by the Director.
1360.  Misdemeanors.
1361.  Effective Date of this Chapter.

      1351.  Regulations of, and inspections by, Department of Public Safety.
     The Department of Public Safety may prescribe and enforce safety regulations for the operation of commercial vehicles and require a periodic inspection of the equipment of every commercial vehicle from the standpoint of enforcement of safety regulations.  Such equipment shall be at all times subject to inspection by properly authorized representatives of the Department of Public Safety.

Source:  CSL 3-95-18, 1 (801).

      1352.  Rates.
     All charges made by any commercial carrier for any service rendered or to be rendered in the public transportation of passengers or property, or in connection therewith, shall be just, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory, and every unjust, unreasonable or discriminatory charge for such service, or any part thereof, is prohibited and unlawful.

Source:  CSL 3-95-18, 1 (802).

      1353.  Condition of Commercial Vehicles.
     Every commercial vehicle shall be maintained in a safe and sanitary condition at all times and shall be at all times subject to inspection.

Source:  CSL 3-95-18, 1 (803).

      1354.  Commercial vehicle; operator's license.

     (a) (1)  No person shall operate a commercial vehicle upon a roadway for rent, compensation, hire or otherwise without having in his immediate possession a valid operator's license issued under Subsection 305 (a)(6) 1105(1)(f).

     (b) (2)  No person under the age of 21 shall operate any commercial vehicle on the public road of the State of Chuuk.
 
Source:  CSL 3-95-18, 1(804), modified.

      1355.  Same; display; license, rate, driver identification.

     (a) (1)  Every person operating a commercial vehicle used primarily for the transport of passengers shall permanently display in the interior of such vehicle, so as to be plainly visible from wherever a passenger rides therein, the following information:

     (1) (a)  A photograph of the operator;

     (2) (b)  The full name of the operator;

     (3) (c)  The commercial vehicle driver's license number; and

     (4) (d)  A schedule of legal commercial vehicle rate.

     (b) (2)  The Director shall, before the grating of a commercial vehicle operator's license, assign a license number to each applicant granted a license, starting with the figure "1" and continuing sequentially by order of each license granted.  Such commercial vehicle operator's license shall remain in full force and effect as the identification number for the commercial vehicle driver throughout the license term.  The numbering shall begin anew at the beginning of each and every licensing year following.

Source:  CSL 3-95-18, 1 (805), modified.

      1356.  Distinctive markings and tags on commercial vehicles.
     There shall be attached to each commercial vehicle such distinctive markings or tags as shall be prescribed by the Director.

Source:  CSL 3-95-18, 1 (806).

      1357.  Taxi signs.
     Every individual, partnership, company, or other business association operating a commercial vehicle used primarily for the transport of passengers shall prominently display, facing out from the inside of the front windshield, the word "Taxi".

Source:  CSL 3-95-18, 1 (807).

      1358.  Passengers on vehicles.
     Passengers shall not be permitted to ride on the running boards, bumpers, fenders, or on any other outside part of passenger-carrying commercial vehicles; provided that the bed of any truck or pickup shall not be considered an outside part.  The Director shall promulgate necessary rules and regulations to govern the maximum number of passengers allowable on each type of passenger-carrying commercial vehicle.  The said rules and regulations shall be promulgated and take effect not later than sixty (60) days following the effective date of this Act Title.
 
Source:  CSL 3-95-18, 1 (808), modified.

      1359.  Safety rules and regulations by the Director.
     The Director shall promulgate such other safety rules and regulations as he may deem necessary to govern and control the operation of commercial vehicles upon the roadways and the maintenance and inspection thereof.

Source:  CSL 3-95-18, 1 (809).

      1360.  Misdemeanors.
     Any owner, officer, agent or employee of any commercial carrier, and every other person who does any of the following, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and punished as provided in Chapter 7 of this Code Title:

     (a) (1)  violates or fails to comply with, or who procures, aids or abets in the violation of, any provision of this Chapter;

     (b) (2)  fails to obey, observe or comply with any lawful order or decision of the Director;

     (c) (3)  procures, aids or abets any corporation or person in his failure to obey, observe or comply with any such order, decision, rule, direction, demand or regulation promulgated pursuant to any part or provision of this Chapter.

Source:  CSL 3-95-18, 1 (810), modified.

      1361.  Effective Date of this Chapter.
     This Chapter shall take effect 120 days after the effective date of this Act; provided that the Director may receive applications for and issue commercial driver's license prior thereto.

Source:  CSL 3-95-18, 1 (811).
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
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