194.41(6)(b)1.1. The minimum insurance required under sub. (1) for a vehicle with a gross weight of 10,000 pounds or less is $300,000 unless the vehicle is transporting hazardous materials as listed under 49 CFR 172.101, in which case the minimum insurance requirements under par. (a) apply.
194.41(6)(b)2. 2. The minimum insurance required under sub. (1) for a taxicab operating under this chapter is the minimum levels of liability insurance for bodily injury and property damage required by the local taxicab licensing or regulating ordinance applicable to such taxicab. No such local ordinance may establish minimum levels of liability insurance which are less than those required for a policy or bond under s. 344.15 (1). If no minimum levels of liability insurance are established by such local ordinance, the minimum levels are the same as the levels required for a policy or bond under s. 344.15 (1).
194.41(6)(b)3. 3. Notwithstanding subd. 1., the minimum insurance required under sub. (1) for a motor carrier of passengers operating under this chapter solely in intrastate commerce is the following:
194.41(6)(b)3.a. a. For a motor vehicle with a passenger-carrying capacity of 15 or fewer passengers, $500,000.
194.41(6)(b)3.b. b. For a motor vehicle with a passenger-carrying capacity of 16 or more passengers, $1,000,000.
194.41 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also ch. Trans 176, Wis. adm. code.
194.41 Annotation An insurer that paid for damages caused by a fleet vehicle not listed on the policy and for which no premium was received may recover from the insured under a policy reimbursement clause. Rural Mutual Insurance Co. v. Peterson, 134 Wis. 2d 165, 395 N.W.2d 776 (1986).
194.41 Annotation Under this section, “operation" includes loading and unloading, and an “operator" includes a 3rd party permissively unloading the vehicle. Mullenberg v. Kilgust Mechanical, Inc. 2000 WI 66, 235 Wis. 2d 770, 612 N.W.2d 327, 99-2118. See also Bauer v. Century Surety Company, 2006 WI App 113, 293 Wis. 2d 382, 718 N.W.2d 163, 05-1218.
194.42 194.42 Exemption from undertaking; proof of financial responsibility; revocation. The department may by order exempt from the requirements of s. 194.41 any common motor carrier of property or of passengers, or other carrier of passengers by motor bus, or contract motor carrier upon written application therefor and finding that the applicant has the financial ability to pay any and all damages, liability for which would otherwise be assumed by an indemnitor under s. 194.41. Any person so exempted shall furnish to the department from time to time such information as to financial ability as the department may require and shall promptly report to the department all accidents and injuries arising out of its operations subject to this chapter. Such exemption may be granted as to all or part of the motor vehicles operated by the applicant. The department may by order revoke any such exemption, after hearing upon 10 days' notice, and for cause. Within 10 days after the date of such order of revocation the person affected thereby shall in all respects comply with s. 194.41.
194.42 History History: 1977 c. 29 s. 1654 (7) (a); 1977 c. 273.
194.43 194.43 Private motor carriers; regulation by department. The department may regulate the operations of private motor carriers, including the power to designate from time to time the public highways over which private motor carrier vehicles may or may not be operated and to designate the time that such vehicles may or may not be operated thereon so as to prevent congestion which shall affect the safety of persons and property upon such public highways; to require the display of satisfactory evidence that such vehicle is not being used for common or contract motor carrier purposes; and to prescribe reasonable and necessary rules and regulations for the safety of operation of private motor carriers.
194.43 History History: 1977 c. 29 s. 1654 (7) (a); 1985 a. 202.
194.46 194.46 Amendment, suspension, or revocation of certificate, license, or permit; hearing. The department may at any time, by its order duly entered after a hearing had, upon notice to the holder of any certificate, license, or permit under this chapter and an opportunity to be heard, at which it shall be proved that the holder has willfully violated or refused to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter or s. 346.924, or any orders or rules of the department, alter, amend, suspend, or revoke the certificate, license, or permit. The department may suspend or revoke a certificate, license, or permit under this chapter if, after providing the holder thereof notice and an opportunity to be heard on the matter, the department finds that service under the certificate, license, or permit has been abandoned. A person who is aggrieved by an order of the department under this section may, within 30 days after the date that the order is issued, request a review of the order by the division of hearings and appeals.
194.46 Cross-reference Cross-reference: See also s. Trans 177.09, Wis. adm. code.
194.51 194.51 Suit to recover protested tax. No suit shall be maintained in any court to restrain or delay the collection or payment of the taxes levied in this chapter. The aggrieved taxpayer shall pay the tax as and when due, and, if paid under protest, may at any time within 90 days from the date of such payment, sue the state in an action at law to recover the tax so paid. If it is finally determined that said tax, or any part thereof, was wrongfully collected for any reason, it shall be the duty of the secretary of administration to pay out of the transportation fund the amount of such tax so adjudged to have been wrongfully collected. A separate suit need not be filed for each separate payment made by any taxpayer, but a recovery may be had in one suit for as many payments as may have been made within any 90-day period preceding the commencement of such an action. Such suits shall be commenced as provided in s. 775.01.
194.51 History History: 1977 c. 29 s. 1654 (1); 1979 c. 32 s. 92 (5); 2003 a. 33.
194.53 194.53 Certain liability provisions in motor carrier transportation contracts prohibited.
194.53(1)(1)In this section:
194.53(1)(a) (a) “Affiliate" of a promisee means any agent of the promisee or any independent contractor that is directly responsible to the promisee, but excludes a motor carrier that is a party to a motor carrier transportation contract with the promisee, any employee or agent of such a motor carrier, or any independent contractor directly responsible to such a motor carrier.
194.53(1)(b) (b) “Motor carrier" means a common motor carrier or contract motor carrier.
194.53(1)(c)1.1. “Motor carrier transportation contract" means any agreement, regardless of whether it is written, oral, express, or implied, between a motor carrier and a promisee covering any of the following:
194.53(1)(c)1.a. a. The transportation of property for hire by the motor carrier.
194.53(1)(c)1.b. b. The motor carrier's entrance on property for the purpose of loading, unloading, or transporting property for hire.
194.53(1)(c)1.c. c. Any service of the motor carrier incidental to any activity under subd. 1. a. or b., including the storage of property.
194.53(1)(c)2. 2. “Motor carrier transportation contract" does not include the Uniform Intermodal Interchange and Facilities Access Agreement administered by the Intermodal Association of North America or other agreements providing for the interchange, use, or possession of intermodal chassis, containers, or other intermodal equipment.
194.53(1)(d) (d) “Promisee" means any person that enters into a motor carrier transportation contract with a motor carrier.
194.53(2) (2)
194.53(2)(a)(a) Notwithstanding s. 401.302, ch. 407, and any other provision of law, no provision of a motor carrier transportation contract, and no covenant or agreement collateral to or affecting a motor carrier transportation contract, may indemnify, hold harmless, or require the motor carrier to provide a defense to the promisee or any employee or affiliate of the promisee, or have the effect of indemnifying, holding harmless, or requiring the provision of a defense, from or against any liability for loss or damage resulting from the negligence or intentional acts or omissions of the promisee or any employee or affiliate of the promisee.
194.53(2)(b) (b) Any provision, covenant, or agreement in violation of par. (a) is void and unenforceable.
194.53 History History: 2011 a. 33.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 50 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on December 6, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after December 6, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 12-6-19)