Motor Carriers

ORS 825.020
Applicability of chapter to certain vehicles and combinations over 26,000 pounds

Except as otherwise provided in this section and ORS 825.030 (Application of chapter to interstate and foreign commerce), this chapter does not apply to the persons or vehicles described in this section. The provisions of ORS 825.100 (Certificate or permit required for commercial transportation of persons or property on public highways), 825.137 (Cancellation, revocation or suspension of authority, generally), 825.139 (Suspension or cancellation of authority for tax delinquency or failure to file bond), 825.141 (Reinstatement fee after suspension of authority), 825.160 (Liability insurance of carriers), 825.164 (Rules for compliance with ORS 825.160 and 825.162), 825.166 (Deposit of securities or letter of credit), 825.168 (Self-insurance), 825.210 (Regulation of motor vehicles) (1) and (3), 825.212 (Regulation of mileage records), 825.450 (Weight identifier), 825.454 (Identification devices), 825.470 (Temporary pass), 825.472 (Determination of filing of reports or payments), 825.474 (Motor carrier tax for use of highways), 825.476 (Carrier tax tables), 825.480 (Substitute taxes for certain vehicles), 825.484 (Effect of carrier tax law on other taxes), 825.488 (Fees required of interstate carriers), 825.490 (Due date of taxes and fees), 825.492 (Annual and quarterly reports authorized), 825.494 (Assessment by department upon failure to report tax or fee due), 825.496 (Reassessment waiver or reduction upon request), 825.498 (Collection of fees, taxes and other moneys), 825.504 (Warrant procedure for collecting tax, fee, penalty or assessment), 825.506 (Deposit or bond to secure payment of fees, taxes, charges and penalties), 825.507 (Limitations on cancellation of bond), 825.508 (Use of collection agency to obtain moneys due) and 825.515 (Daily records and monthly reports by carriers) apply to any of the following vehicles or combinations of vehicles with a combined weight of more than 26,000 pounds:


Vehicles being used exclusively in the transportation of United States mail on a trip basis.


Vehicles being used in the transportation of persons for hire, in vehicles with a seating capacity of more than five persons, within a city and within three air miles of the city. When the three air mile radius extends into the corporate limits of another city, the two cities shall be considered as one city for the purposes of this subsection. The following apply to this subsection:


Service may also be provided to or from any area surrounding the area described under this subsection so long as the service does not compete with a carrier granted authority by the Department of Transportation under this chapter to operate in that surrounding area.


Any vehicle exempt from the provisions of this chapter under this subsection is subject to regulation by the city or cities in which it is operated.


Vehicles being used for the purpose of transporting persons or property in connection with the patrolling of forests for the prevention or fighting of forest fires.


Vehicles being used in towing or otherwise transporting vehicles at the direction of a police officer or in servicing, towing or transporting wrecked or disabled vehicles, or in towing or transporting a replacement vehicle for such wrecked or disabled vehicle if the vehicle:


Is not otherwise used in transporting goods and merchandise for compensation; and


In the case of towing, is specially constructed for that use or has a combined weight not exceeding 8,000 pounds.


Vehicles being used by a for-hire carrier to transport within this state free or at reduced rates:


The carrier’s officers, agents or employees, or dependent members of the families of those individuals, or the personal effects or household goods of those individuals.


Ministers of religions, inmates of hospitals and individuals exclusively engaged in charitable and eleemosynary work.


Indigent, destitute and homeless individuals and the necessary agents employed in the transportation.


Witnesses attending legal investigations in which the carrier is interested.


Persons injured in wrecks and physicians and nurses attending those persons.


Persons providing relief in cases of general epidemic, pestilence or other emergency.


Persons traveling under commuter, party or excursion passenger tickets, if available to all persons applying under like circumstances or conditions.


Persons traveling under an exchange of passes between for-hire carriers.


Vehicles being used to transport plants, artificial and natural flowers and accompanying florist accessories in movements originating at retail shops.


Any vehicle used by a person licensed under ORS 508.235 (Commercial fishing license) while the person is transporting the person’s own, unsold catch of fish from the point of landing to the first point where fish from the catch will be sold, placed in storage or processed in any way.


Vehicles owned or operated by truck leasing companies operated empty over the public highways for the purpose of relocation of equipment. This exemption does not apply to motor vehicles operated empty as a result of or for the purpose of transporting passengers or property. [Formerly 767.027; 2007 c.31 §4]
Chapter 825

(formerly chapter 767)

Notes of Decisions

Political subdivisions subject to provisions of Public Contracts and Purchasing Law, [former] ORS chapter 279, are not required to comply with it before entering into contracts for supplies or services of public utilities whose rates are regulated pursuant to this chapter (formerly ORS chapter 767). Bower Trucking and Whse. Co. v. Multnomah Cty., 35 Or App 427, 582 P2d 439 (1978)

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Nonprofit operation of van pools, (1978) Vol 38, p 1780


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