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Chapter 570-31 PUBLIC SCHOOL BUS INSPECTION

Rule 570-31-.01 Purpose

To create and establish a division of the Department of Public Safety to be known as the "Motor Carrier Compliance Division." The members of which shall be designated as Law Enforcement Officers. Department Employees designated as Law Enforcement Officers of the Motor Carrier Compliance Division of the Department of Public Safety, shall have the authority to carry firearms, to make arrests, to stop and enter motor vehicles, to examine the facilities, the books and the records of motor carriers, to regulate vehicle sizes and weights, to certify and permit motor carriers, to establish vehicle and vehicle component safety standards, and to regulate the transportation of hazardous materials, and any other powers authorized by the provisions of this Rule of the Department of Public Safety and Article 2 of Chapter 6 of Title 32, O.C.G.A., as well as, Article 5 of Chapter 2 of Title 35, O.C.G.A.

Rule 570-31-.02 Definitions

(1) "Department Employee" means Law Enforcement Personnel of the Motor Carrier Compliance Division of the Department of Public Safety who are statutorily designated to supervise the inspectional efforts and to enforce related statutes and rules related to the regulation of vehicle sizes and weights, the certification and permitting of carriers, the establishment of vehicle and vehicle component safety standards, enforcement of statutes related to the designation of restricted travel lanes and the transportation of hazardous materials.

Rule 570-31-.03 Powers and Procedures for Enforcement of Fuel Tax and License Tag Laws

(1) A Department employee designated as a law enforcement officer under the provisions of the Rules of the Department of Public Safety has the authority to stop and inspect a load or vehicle, the operator of which he has reason to believe is violating fuel tax or license tag laws or provisions of Article 2 of Chapter 6 of Title 32, O.C.G.A.
(2) If such operator refuses to stop when so ordered by such a Department employee to stop, weigh, measure, or inspect the vehicle or its load, the operator shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $200.00. The operator shall have the right to post an appropriate bond, which shall not exceed $400.00, when any law enforcement officer or employee of the Department of Public Safety authorized to enforce this article apprehends said operator for any violation of this article.
(3) When a vehicle or load stops pursuant to the Department employee's order as provided in paragraph (1) of this Rule, such employee shall record any violation and report it to the State Department of Revenue, unless the violation is the absence of a license tag.
(4) If the vehicle or load does not have a license tag, the operator shall be held and released to an appropriate law enforcement official; provided that the vehicle or load shall first be taken to the nearest maintenance barn, police impoundment yard, or other relatively secure place approved by the Department if, in the Department employee's discretion, this is necessary for the safety of the vehicle or load.

Rule 570-31-.04 Safety Restrictions on Hauling Logs and Pulpwood on Public Roads

In addition to any other conditions imposed, all vehicles hauling logs or pulpwood on the public roads of this State shall secure the load in the following manner:

(a) Each load of pulpwood or logs transported upon any public road or highway in this State by any vehicle equipped with permanent, fixed, or trip standards shall be secured with binder chains of at least one-quarter inch high-tensile strength or cables, straps, or other chains of equivalent strength. All such chains, cables, or straps shall be equipped with a tightening device. All pallets or racks used to carry pulpwood or logs shall be bound to the frame or body of the truck or trailer at the bottom. The driver shall be required to examine such chains, cables, or straps and the safety of the load before departing from the point of origin.
(b) Each load of short pulpwood loaded perpendicular to the axis of the truck body shall be required to be secured by only one binder chain or cable, strap, or other chain meeting the specifications provided in paragraph (a) of Rule 570-31-.04.
(c) Each tree length load of pulpwood or logs shall be required to be secured with no less than two binder chains or cables, or straps or other chains meeting the specifications provided in paragraph (a) of Rule 570-31-.04 which shall be located approximately at the center and end of the load.
(d) Each load of pulpwood or cut logs loaded on multiple racks, where each rack is individually loaded, shall be required to be secured by only one binder chain or cable, strap, or other chain meeting the specifications of paragraph (a) of Rule 570-31-.04.