PA PUC Number
PA PUC stands for Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission and is a required permit to operate in the state of PA. 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.
Participation of any of the following require a PA PUC:
• Property (trucking)
• Household Goods in use (moving companies)
• Taxicabs (except in Philadelphia)
• Scheduled Route Bus Service
• Airport Transfer (transportation to and from airports)
• 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
• Property Brokers
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.
We can assist you in obtaining your PA PUC for a charge of $100.00 plus applicable state fees.