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COMMON CARRIERS AND BUSES

If you are a common carrier of passengers operating interstate on a regularly scheduled route, you must register as an apportioned fleet.

Insurance requirements for buses:

  • Less than 16 passengers requires $1.5 million

  • 16 or more passengers requires $5 million

If you are a common carrier of passengers and have any doubt as to whether or not you should file for an apportioned registration, please contact the Bureau of Commercial Vehicle and Driver Services at (850) 617-3711.

Summing Total Bus Miles There are two options offered to the registrant for summing total bus miles. These are: 1) to sum all actual in-jurisdiction miles, or 2) to sum the scheduled routed miles per jurisdiction from the farthest point of origination to the farthest point of destination of the scheduled pool. Buses used exclusively for chartering are exempt from apportioned registration.

  • Chartered Partymeans a group of persons who, pursuant to a common purpose and under a single contract, have acquired the exclusive use of a passenger-carrying motor vehicle to travel together as a group to a specified destination or for a particular itinerary, either agreed upon in advance or modified by the chartered group after leaving the place of origin.

LEASED VEHICLE INFORMATION

Apportioned owner-operators may lease equipment to another apportioned fleet operator and the lessor shall be responsible for reporting on the apportioned application the miles traveled by the leased equipment. The lessee shall be the person using and operating the equipment under the lease agreement. Leased vehicles must display apportioned credentials and may operate only in the jurisdictions listed on the cab card or a trip permit will be required.

A non-apportioned carrier may lease an apportioned vehicle. The lessor of the vehicle shall be responsible for reporting the mileage traveled by the leased equipment. The leased vehicle must display apportioned credentials.

AUDITS AND RECORDS RETENTION

Mileage Records/Operational Records All information furnished to this department by a registrant on the application mileage schedule, supplemental form, or renewal form, is subject to verification by the Bureau of Commercial Vehicle and Driver Services, Audit Section.

Audit Facts…

  • Your account may be selected for an audit or you may request an audit at any time.

  • The Bureau will notify you or your representative in advance to arrange the audit.

  • Audits will be conducted during normal business hours.

  • The audit may cover the operational records of one, two, or three years; therefore, you are

required to maintain records for the prior three years’ registration periods.

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