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STATE SEEKS REGULATION LIMITING CONTRACT TRUCKING FIRMS' ACCESS

Utah's contract trucking industry could lose recently gained freedom if a proposal to tighten regulations is approved.

The Utah Division of Public Utility wants a rule limiting non-regulated contract trucking firms' access to shippers.Officials believe contract carriers create unfair competition for common carrier firms that pay regulatory fees, provide service at set rates, and follow stricter safety standards.

The Utah Public Service Commission will review a recommendation by Administrative Law Judge Robert Thurman who conducted Monday's hearings.

Division officials say the 1986 Motor Carrier Act, intended to loosen entry into the trucking market, is hurting Utah's economy and could destroy the transportation industry.