Motor Carriers

The PUC regulates motor carriers that transport property, passengers or household goods as well as brokers of passenger transportation between points in Pennsylvania for compensation. Property carriers (e.g., trucking companies) and charter bus carriers (seating capacity of more than 15) are regulated for safety and insurance requirements only. Other passenger services and household goods carriers (moving companies) are regulated regarding rates, geographical area, customer service, safety and insurance. Currently, there are approximately 7,500 carriers and passenger brokers operating in Pennsylvania under the rules of and regulations of the PUC.

PUC-Regulated Transportation

The application process for new motor carrier applicants has been streamlined. Please discard any old application forms and instructions and replace with the new forms and instructions that have a revised date of 9/11.  Please submit one (1) original of each filing to the attention of the Secretary's Bureau; DO NOT submit copies to the Compliance Office or the Bureau of Transportation & Safety.

  • Property (trucking)
  • Household Goods in use (moving companies)
  • Taxicabs (except in Philadelphia)
  • Scheduled Route Bus Service
  • Airport Transfer (transportation to and from airports)
  • Paratransit
  • Group and Party Service (seating capacity of 15 or less)
  • Group and Party Service (seating capacity of more than 15 and includes charter, special excursion and tour bus)
  • Limousines (except in Philadelphia)
  • Passenger Brokers

Transportation Network Companies (TNCs)

Both Lyft at Docket Nos. A-2014-2415045 and A-2014-2415047, and Raiser-PA (Uber) at Docket Nos. A-2014-2416127, and A-2014-2424608 have filed applications for certificates of public convenience to operate in Allegheny County and in certain locations throughout Pennsylvania.  All four applications have
been protested and are now before the Office of Administrative Law Judge for consideration. 

On June 16, 2014, the Commission’s Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement filed a “Cease and Desist” Interim Emergency Order against both companies at Docket Nos. P-2014-2426847 (Lyft) and at P-2014-2426846 (Uber).  On July 1, 2014, the OALJ granted the “Cease and Desist” Orders, which were adopted by
the Commission at its Public Meeting of July 24, 2014. 

Also, on July 24, 2014, the Commission granted the Emergency Temporary Authority (ETA) Application of both Lyft (A-2014-2432304) and Raiser-PA (Uber) (A-2014-2429993).  The insurance and tariffs filed by both companies as a requirement to meet compliance for the grant of an ETA license are available for review at the these docket numbers.

On August 28, 2014, the Commission held an En Banc hearing at which testimony was provided regarding general issues associated with TNCs entering the transportation market throughout the Commonwealth. Several members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly appeared to discuss proposed legislation that would eliminate barriers to competition in this industry.  The public may file comments regarding these issues with the Secretary of the Commission by the close of business on September 11, 2014, at Docket Number M-2014-2431451.

A video is available of the En Banc hearing.

Motor Carrier Services & Enforcement Division

The Motor Carrier Services & Enforcement Division has the responsibility of ensuring that the above transportation services comply with PUC regulations. To achieve this goal, carriers are required to:
  • File an application to begin or change their services;
  • Adhere to a strict safety code;
  • Obtain adequate insurance coverage to protect the public;
  • Establish rates that are just and reasonable; and
  • Provide service to all members of the public without discrimination

Federal Preemption

Motor Carrier of Property

The federal Aviation Authority Act of 1994 preempted states authority to regulate rates, geographical area and service of motor carriers of property, except for matters involving safety and insurance. In 1995, the PUC adopted this regulation.

Charter Bus Transportation

On June 9, 1998, the federal Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA Act) preempted states' authority to regulate rates and geographical area of charter bus transportation. The commission extended the preemption to include any group and party carriers using vehicles with seating capacities of more than 15 passengers including the driver. The PUCs final decision was adopted December 17, 1998. The commission continues to regulate these carriers for safety and insurance.