603 KAR 5:061. Intrastate toll bridges and toll ferries

Link to law: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/603/005/061.htm
Published: 2015

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      603 KAR 5:061.

Intrastate toll bridges and toll ferries.

 

      RELATES TO: KRS

280.010-280.130

      STATUTORY

AUTHORITY: KRS 280.080

      NECESSITY,

FUNCTION, AND CONFORMITY: KRS 280.080 requires the Department of Highways to

make such administrative regulations for the control of toll bridges or toll

ferries, as defined in KRS 280.010, as the department deems necessary.

 

      Section 1.

Application for Certificate of Convenience and Necessity. (1) Any bridge

company or ferry company, except any which can prove to the department that it

holds a perpetual and irrevocable franchise for such operation, who seeks to

operate a toll bridge or toll ferry connected to the state primary road system

shall make application at the highway district office of the highway district

in which the toll bridge or toll ferry is located for the certificate of

convenience and necessity required by KRS 280.020. Application forms are

available in all highway district offices and from the Transportation Cabinet,

Division of Traffic, Frankfort, Kentucky 40622.

      (2) The

application form must be completed in its entirety and contain at a minimum,

the information required by KRS 280.030.

      (3) Upon receipt

of the application, the department shall fix a date for hearing the application

and shall immediately notify the applicant of the date, time and location of

the hearing.

      (4) The

applicant shall present proof as to the applicant's general ability,

experience, organization and equipment. The applicant shall, at the hearing,

submit any additional proof that the public convenience and necessity require

the applicant's toll bridge or toll ferry operation.

      (5) Department

representatives may inspect the applicant's equipment prior to the issuance of

a certificate of public convenience and necessity.

      (6) The department

shall issue a decision on any application within thirty (30) days of the

hearing.

      (7) The

applicant may appeal the decision of the department in accordance with KRS

280.110.

 

      Section 2.

Annual Report. On forms furnished by the department, every toll bridge and toll

ferry company which does not hold a perpetual and irrevocable franchise shall

submit an annual report of the previous year's operation on or before March 1

of each year to the chief district engineer of the highway district in which the

toll bridge or toll ferry is located. The company president, secretary,

treasurer, superintendent or manager shall under oath make and sign a statement

on the annual report that the information contained in the annual report is

correct. The report shall include the information required in KRS 280.030 and

also the following:

      (1) The number,

by class, of vehicles accommodated during the report year and the toll schedule

for each class of vehicle;

      (2) For toll

ferries, a description of the barges and power units in use during the year;

      (3) The schedule

of hours of service and trips made; and

      (4) Any

additional relevant information required by the department.

 

      Section 3. Toll

Rates. (1) No change in toll rates charged may be made by a toll bridge or toll

ferry company including one which holds a perpetual and irrevocable franchise

without the approval of the department.

      (2) To request a

change in toll rates, the company must apply, in writing, to the department's

chief district engineer of the highway district in which the toll bridge or

toll ferry is located. The request shall include the reasons for the requested

change and the toll bridge or toll ferry company shall make available to the

department's chief district engineer all financial reports of the company.

      (3) The company

shall give notice to the public of the filing of the rate change request by

publication of the proposed rate schedule and information for filing a formal

protest of the proposed rate change with the department in accordance with the

requirements of KRS Chapter 424.

      (4) If a formal

protest is filed within two (2) weeks of the final publication of the notice or

the department has reservations about the proposed rate increase, the

department's chief district engineer shall fix a date between thirty (30) and

forty-five (45) days of final publication of the notice for hearing the

application for a toll rate change.

      (5) The

department shall give notice of the hearing by means of publication of a notice

in accordance with the requirements of KRS Chapter 424.

      (6) The

department shall issue a decision on any request for a toll rate change within

thirty (30) days of the hearing or within thirty (30) days of final publication

of the notice.

      (7) The company

may appeal the decision of the department in accordance with KRS 280.110.

 

      Section 4.

Operation of a Toll Ferry or Toll Bridge. (1) A copy of the irrevocable

franchise or the certificate of public convenience and necessity shall be

posted on all ferry boats and in the toll booths of all bridges affected by

this administrative regulation.

      (2) A toll

bridge or toll ferry company holding a certificate of public convenience and

necessity shall not operate over any bridge or stream other than those

specified in the certificate.

      (3) Hours of operation,

toll rates, services to be performed, and the safety of operation as set forth

by the department in the certificate of public convenience and necessity shall

be strictly complied with by all certificate holders. The hours of operation

shall be posted on the ferry dock or apron and at both ends of a toll bridge.

      (4) If a toll

bridge or toll ferry company including one holding a perpetual and irrevocable

franchise is found, during an inspection, to be in noncompliance with any

administrative regulation, statute or order, it shall have ten (10) days,

following the inspection to correct the noncompliance. If at the end of the ten

(10) days the company is still in noncompliance the department shall fix a

hearing date on the noncompliance. The hearing date will be upon ten (10) days

written notice to the toll bridge or toll ferry company.

      (5) The

department's determination shall be issued within thirty (30) days of the

hearing.

 

      Section 5.

Safety Devices. (1) Safety devices as required by KRS 280.120 and 280.130 shall

be provided and properly maintained by each toll ferry company. In addition,

the department may require any toll bridge or toll ferry company including any

holding a perpetual and irrevocable franchise to place and maintain other

traffic control devices such as, but not limited to, signs, signals, lighting,

pavement markings, and barricades that may be necessary for the safety of the

motoring public. All such devices required shall conform to the specifications

set forth in 603 KAR 5:050.

      (2) Each toll

ferry company shall provide and maintain in reasonable condition the number of

life preservers or floats, fire extinguishers, axes, and yawls or life boats as

required by the U.S. Coast Guard in their regulations governing the operation

of ferries.

 

      Section 6. The

administrative regulation of the department as herein outlined is intended to

supplement the specific requirements contained in KRS Chapter 280 and

regulations of appropriate agencies of the federal government. In all cases

where the department's administrative regulations conflict with the regulations

of such agencies, or where the regulations of other governing agencies are more

stringent than those of the department, the regulations of the other agency

shall prevail. (11 Ky.R. 1223; Am. 1369; eff. 3-12-85; 14 Ky.R. 55; eff.

8-5-87.)