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Subject 515-16-7 PASSENGER CARRIERS

Rule 515-16-7-.01 Applicability

The rules in this Chapter apply to persons transporting passengers for hire in intrastate transportation in motor vehicles designed to transport more than ten (10) passengers, excluding the driver.

Rule 515-16-7-.02 Passenger Carriers Transporting Certain Types of Property

Motor carriers of passengers must obtain either a Passenger Permit or Interim Certificate, or both, applicable to their operations. Motor carriers of passengers transporting express, mail and newspapers in the same vehicle with passengers and their baggage, are not required to obtain a Motor Carrier Property Permit and are relieved from the requirements to obtain and maintain cargo insurance for such express, mail and newspapers.

Rule 515-16-7-.03 Free Transportation

(1) Motor carriers transporting passengers shall not directly or indirectly issue, give, tender or honor, free transportation except during emergency situations or as provided by law, and except to their bona fide officers, agents, employees, and to regularly employed attorneys and dependent members of their families; but may exchange free transportation within the limits of this rule.
(2) Motor carriers transporting passengers may carry any totally blind person accompanied by a guide at the usual and ordinary fare charged to one person.
(3) Motor carriers transporting passengers may carry at reduced rates or free, authorized ministers of the gospel or persons traveling for or representing institutions supported by public subscription or persons dependent upon charity upon such terms and conditions as may be prescribed by the motor carrier and if granted under conditions above enumerated shall apply uniformly to all persons coming into the same class.
(4) Motor passenger carriers may provide free transportation during bona fide emergencies.

Rule 515-16-7-.04 Tickets

(1) All passenger carriers must provide tickets at all agency stations and at such places indicated on the published time schedules where satisfactory financial arrangements for handling can be made.
(2) All tickets when sold must have the date of same stamped thereon. Tickets when sold shall be redeemable for transportation when presented to the driver of a bus. One-way tickets shall be redeemable at their sale price in money by the company or its agent within sixty days after the sale date stamped thereon and round trip tickets within thirty days; if no date of sale is stamped thereon such tickets shall be redeemable upon presentation at any time by the purchaser accompanied by satisfactory proof of purchase. This rule does not apply to excursion tickets or tickets sold for transportation on special occasions.
(3) Partially used tickets shall be redeemed on basis of difference between the sale price and the lawful fare, from and to the station between which the passenger was actually transported.

Rule 515-16-7-.05 Baggage

(1) Motor carriers will not be compelled to carry baggage of passengers, except hand baggage, the character, amount, size and value of which the motor carrier may limit by its rules or regulations, subject to the approval of the Commission.
(2) Each passenger motor carrier shall provide duplicate checks for baggage, when requested, to and from all points on all routes covered by its certificate. Baggage checks shall be issued for baggage, when requested, upon presentation of valid transportation only when the owner of the baggage is also the owner of the transportation and is a bona fide passenger over the same line to the destination of the baggage. In the event that the passenger fails to take advantage of this checking service, and the baggage is retained in the physical possession of the owner, the company may proceed on the theory that the passenger has assumed full responsibility for his own baggage, and the company shall not be responsible to the passenger for loss or damage to said baggage. When, however, the passenger is required to surrender physical possession of his hand baggage upon entering the vehicle for storage in a separate compartment from that occupied by the passenger on the vehicle, the motor carrier shall provide duplicate identification tags for such hand baggage, and the motor carrier shall at all times furnish the drivers of its vehicles with an adequate supply of duplicate identification tags.
(3) Excess baggage shall not be transported with charges collect on delivery, but the charges must be paid in advance.
(4) At all agency destinations when arriving baggage is not immediately claimed by the passenger owner, the driver shall deliver same to the station agent and if delivered to owner on same date of arrival, no storage charge shall be made.
(5) Baggage containing money, jewelry, negotiable paper, liquids, glassware, perishable or fragile articles, must not be checked or received for transportation without a declared valuation and where such declared value exceeds the value provided for in paragraph (g) carriers may assess additional charges according to tariffs filed with and approved by the Commission. If baggage is checked or delivered for transportation by a passenger without making manifest of such contents and the value thereof, the carrier shall not be liable therefore in excess of the amount provided for in paragraph (g) and may reject entirely when baggage contains any of the articles enumerated in paragraph (h), or is in the opinion of the operator or driver, too heavy, bulky, fragile, or not in proper condition.
(6) Subject to the limitations and conditions set forth herein three pieces of hand baggage, not to exceed a total weight of one hundred pounds nor exceeding two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) in value, shall be carried free of charge for each adult passenger. Children traveling on less than adult fare shall be limited on the above basis in the proportion that the child's fare bears to the adult fare. No allowance shall be permitted on tickets purchased for the sole purpose of avoiding the payment of excess baggage.
(7) Motor carriers of passengers, their drivers or their agents, shall not knowingly permit, and no person shall offer for transportation, any dangerous substance or material to be loaded in or upon any passenger carrying vehicle or to be stored as baggage in or upon the premises of any passenger bus station, which shall include the following but is not limited to the following:
(a) Loaded firearms;
(b) Illegal narcotics, dangerous drugs, or controlled substances;
(c) Materials of an offensive or disagreeable odor; or
(d) Any hazardous material or article prohibited to be transported aboard a passenger carrying vehicle provided for under 49 C.F.R. § 177.870.
(8) This rule does not apply to law enforcement officers carrying firearms.