(a) As used in this division, "motor carrier of property"
means any person who operates any commercial motor vehicle as defined
in subdivision (c). "Motor carrier of property" does not include a
household goods carrier, as defined in Section 5109 of the Public
Utilities Code, a household goods carrier transporting used office,
store, and institution furniture and fixtures under its household
goods carrier permit pursuant to Section 5137 of the Public Utilities
Code, persons providing only transportation of passengers, or a
passenger stage corporation transporting baggage and express upon a
passenger vehicle incidental to the transportation of passengers.
(b) As used in this division, "for-hire motor carrier of property"
means a motor carrier of property as defined in subdivision (a) who
transports property for compensation.
(c) (1) As used in this division, except as provided in paragraph
(2), a "commercial motor vehicle" means any self-propelled vehicle
listed in subdivisions (a), (b), (f), (g), and (k) of Section 34500,
any motortruck of two or more axles that is more than 10,000 pounds
gross vehicle weight rating, and any other motor vehicle used to
transport property for compensation.
(2) As used in this division, "commercial motor vehicle" does not
include any of the following:
(A) Vehicles identified in subdivision (f) of Section 34500, if
the gross vehicle weight rating of the towing vehicle is 10,000
pounds or less.
(B) Vehicles identified in subdivision (g) of Section 34500, if
the hazardous material transportation does not require the display of
placards under Section 27903, a license under Section 32000.5, or a
hazardous waste transporter registration under Section 25163 of the
Health and Safety Code, and the vehicle is not operated in commercial
(C) Vehicles operated by a household goods carrier, as defined in
Section 5109 of the Public Utilities Code, under the household goods
carrier permit pursuant to Section 5137 of that code.
(D) Vehicles operated by a household goods carrier to transport
used office, store, and institution furniture and fixtures under its
household goods carrier permit pursuant to Section 5137 of the Public
(E) Pickup trucks as defined in Section 471, if the conditions in
subparagraphs (A) and (B) are also met.
(F) Two-axle daily rental trucks with a gross vehicle weight
rating of less than 26,001 pounds, when operated in noncommercial
(G) Vehicles never operated in commercial use, including
motortrucks or two-axle truck tractors, with a gross vehicle weight
rating of less than 26,001 pounds, when operated singly, or, when
used to tow a camp trailer, trailer coach, fifth-wheel travel
trailer, trailer designed to transport watercraft, or a utility
trailer, never operated in commercial use. Vehicle combinations
described in this subparagraph are not subject to Section 27900,
34501.12, or 34507.5.
(d) For purposes of this chapter, "private carrier" means a motor
carrier of property, who transports only his or her own property,
including, but not limited to, the delivery of goods sold by that
(e) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2016.
The Department of the California Highway Patrol, the Public
Utilities Commission, and the State Board of Equalization shall
furnish, upon request, whatever information from their records may be
required to assist the department in the effective development and
enforcement of this division.
(a) The department may contract with the Office of
Administrative Hearings to administer proceedings and impose fines
for failure to comply with Division 14.8 (commencing with Section
34500), or this division, or regulations adopted pursuant to this
(b) The department and the California Highway Patrol may also
contract with the Public Utilities Commission to administer this
division in a manner described by the contract, or if permitted by
the Department of Motor Vehicles, in a manner as existed on January
1, 1996. This temporary authority shall be terminated on December 31,
(c) All fees collected under this contract shall be deposited in
the Motor Vehicle Account in the State Transportation Fund.