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Subject 515-16-1 ORGANIZATION

Rule 515-16-1-.01 Organization

The Transportation Unit of the Commission has oversight for the enforcement of the statutory provisions and rules and regulations governing carriers as defined in O.C.G.A. §§ 46-1-1, 46-1-3, 46-1-4, 46-2-30, 44-1-13, 46-7-1 through 46-7-101, and 50-13-3. Specifically, the Transportation Unit's duties include but are not limited to:

(a) Scheduling public hearings;
(b) Conducting audits of carrier's books, to ensure compliance with rules and regulations;
(c) Maintaining all official orders, books, files, and records;
(d) Investigating complaints against carriers;
(e) Establishing reasonable rates, charges, and fares;
(f) Inspecting facilities;
(g) Recommending and imposing civil penalties on carriers who violate applicable laws, rules, regulations, or orders;
(h) Consideration of issuance of certificates and permits; and
(i) Consideration of issuance of nonconsensual towing authority.

Rule 515-16-1-.02 Transportation Unit

(1) Director of Transportation Unit. Subject to the appointment and direction of the Commission, the Director of the Transportation Unit has the responsibility for the direction and coordination of the activities of the Unit staff in accordance with the rules and regulations established by the Commission.
(2) Executive Secretary. Subject to the direction of the Commission, the Executive Secretary is responsible for recording all appearances at public hearings of the Commission; maintaining all books, files and records of the Commission; preparing, or reviewing and co-signing with the Commission Chairman all Commission orders, except Initial Decisions by Hearing Officers to which no exceptions are taken and which become Commission Decisions by operation of law; scheduling matters for hearing; recording all Commission hearing decisions in the Official Book of Minutes; certifying copies of Commission documents and records; handling administrative details of office management, including routing of Commission correspondence to proper department heads and the Commission; receiving and routing all petitions and complaints for disposition as directed by the Commission; and maintaining mailing lists and publications of all matters assigned for public hearing before the Commission.
(3) Official Reporter. The Official Reporter shall record and keep a complete record of all proceedings and evidence of matters heard before the Hearing Officer(s) at public hearings, and shall have transcribed copies thereof available for the Commission and parties of record when requested.

Rule 515-16-1-.03 Hearings

(1) Administrative Hearing Officers. The Commission, may through Administrative Order, appoint administrative hearing officers to preside over matters which are not subject to the Georgia Administrative Procedures Act. Hearing Officer(s) shall be authorized to conduct hearings and perform the following functions in conjunction therewith: administer oaths and affirmations, sign and issue subpoenas; rule upon offers of proof; regulate the course of the hearing, set the time and place for continued hearings, and fix the time for filing briefs; dispose of motions to dismiss for lack of agency jurisdiction over the subject matter or parties or for any other grounds; dispose of motions to amend or to intervene; provide for the taking of testimony by deposition or interrogatory; and reprimand or exclude from the hearing any person for any indecorous or improper conduct committed in the presence of the agency or the hearing officer.
(2) Public Hearings. Public hearings in transportation cases are held pursuant to O.C.G.A. §§ 46-7-7, 46-7-10, 46-7-33, 46-7-85.13, and 50-13-17 and will generally be conducted at 244 Washington St. SW, Atlanta Georgia, 30334, although the Commission is authorized to hold hearings in different parts of the State when it is deemed necessary to best serve the interest and convenience of the public. All evidence presented at public hearings is recorded by the Official Reporter of the Commission. All hearing records of the Commission are open to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act; provided, however, that such inspection and copying of hearing records shall not relieve any party to the case or its successor in interest from paying the Commission's Official Recorder or Reporter from paying for the take down at hearing or production of a transcript.