Title 40, Chapter 2, Section 87
As used in this article, the term:
(1) "Allocated vehicle" means a vehicle to which a particular
jurisdiction's basic registration plate or apportioned
registration plate is attached upon payment of the jurisdiction's
full basic registration fee. A portion of each fleet of one-way
vehicles is allocated to each jurisdiction into or through which
the fleet travels although each vehicle of the fleet need not
enter every jurisdiction.
(2) "Apportionable fee" means any periodic recurring fee required
for licensing or registering vehicles, including, but not limited
to, registration fees, license fees, or weight fees.
(3) "Apportionable vehicle" means any vehicle, except recreational
vehicles, vehicles displaying restricted plates, city pickup and
delivery vehicles, buses used in transportation of chartered
parties, and government owned vehicles, used or intended for use
in two or more member jurisdictions that allocate or
proportionally register vehicles and used for the transportation
of persons for hire or designed, used, or maintained primarily for
the transportation of property and which is:
(A) A power unit having a gross vehicle weight in excess of
(B) A power unit having three or more axles, regardless of
(C) Used in combination, when the weight of such combination
exceeds 26,000 pounds gross vehicle weight.
Vehicles or combinations thereof having a gross vehicle weight of
26,000 pounds or less and two-axle vehicles and buses used in
transportation of chartered parties may be proportionally
registered at the option of the registrant.
(4) "Auxiliary axle" means an auxiliary undercarriage assembly
with a fifth wheel and tow bar used to convert a semitrailer to a
(5) "Axle" means an assembly of a vehicle consisting of two or
more wheels whose centers are in one horizontal plane, by means of
which a portion of the weight of a vehicle and its load, if any,
is continually transmitted to the roadway. For purposes of
registration under the International Registration Plan, an axle is
any such assembly whether or not it is load-bearing only part of
the time. For example, a single-unit truck with a steering axle
and two axles in a rear-axle assembly is an apportionable vehicle
even though one of the rear axles is a so-called dummy, drag, tag,
or pusher type axle.
(6) "Base jurisdiction" means, for purposes of fleet registration,
the jurisdiction where the registrant has an established place of
business, where mileage is accrued by the fleet, and where
operational records of such fleet are maintained or can be made
available in accordance with the provisions of this article.
(7) "Base plate" means the plate issued by the base jurisdiction
and shall be the only registration identification plate issued for
the vehicle by any member jurisdiction. Base plates shall be
identified by having the word "apportioned" or "PRP" and the
jurisdiction's name on the plate. The numbering system and color
shall be determined by the issuing jurisdiction.
(8) "Chartered party" means a group of persons who, pursuant to a
common purpose and under a single contract and at a fixed charge
for the vehicle in accordance with the carrier's tariff, lawfully
on file with the Interstate Commerce Commission, have acquired the
exclusive use of a passenger-carrying motor vehicle to travel
together as a group to a specified destination or for a particular
itinerary, either agreed upon in advance or modified by the
chartered group after having left the place of origin.
(9) "Commissioner" means the jurisdiction official in charge of
registration of vehicles and means, for the State of Georgia, the
commissioner of motor vehicle safety.
(10) "Established place of business" means a physical structure
owned, leased, or rented by the fleet registrant. The physical
structure shall be designated by a street number or road location,
be open during normal business hours, and have located within it:
(A) A telephone or telephones publicly listed in the name of the
(B) A person or persons conducting the fleet registrant's
(C) The operational records of the fleet, unless such records
can be made available in accordance with the provisions of this
(11) "Fleet" means one or more apportionable vehicles.
(12) "In-jurisdiction miles" means the total number of operating
miles accrued by a fleet of apportioned vehicles in a jurisdiction
during the preceding year. In those cases where the registrant
operated a fleet of apportioned vehicles in jurisdictions that
require no apportionment and grant reciprocity, the base
jurisdiction may add such miles to the in-jurisdiction miles.
(13) "Interjurisdiction movement" means vehicle movement between
or through two or more jurisdictions.
(14) "Intrajurisdiction movement" means vehicle movement from one
point within a jurisdiction to another point within the same
(15) "Jurisdiction" means a state, territory, or possession of the
United States, the District of Columbia, or a state, province, or
territory of another country.
(16) "Long term" means any period of time exceeding 29 days.
(17) "Motor carrier audit" means a physical examination of a motor
carrier's operational records including source documentation to
verify fleet mileage and accuracy of a carrier's record-keeping
(18) "Operational records" means documents supporting miles
traveled in each jurisdiction and total miles traveled such as
fuel reports, trip sheets, and drivers' logs.
(19) "Owner-operator" means an equipment lessor who leases his
vehicular equipment with driver to a carrier.
(20) "Pool fleet" means a fleet of rental company trailers and
semitrailers having a gross weight in excess of 26,000 pounds and
used solely in pool operation with no permanent base.
(21) "Preceding year" means the period of 12 consecutive months
immediately prior to July 1 of the year immediately preceding the
commencement of the registration or license year for which
apportioned registration is sought.
(22) "Reciprocity" means that an apportionable vehicle properly
registered under this article shall be exempt from further
registration by any other member jurisdiction.
(23) "Reciprocity agreement" means an agreement, arrangement, or
understanding governing the reciprocal grant of rights and
privileges to vehicles which are based in and properly registered
under the applicable laws of the jurisdictions which are parties
to such an agreement, arrangement, or understanding.
(24) "Recreational vehicle" means as used in this article a
vehicle used for personal pleasure or travel by an individual or
(25) "Registrant" means a person, firm, or corporation in whose
name or names a vehicle is properly registered.
(26) "Registration year" means the 12 month period during which
the registration plates issued by the base jurisdiction are valid
according to the laws of the base jurisdiction.
(27) "Restricted plate" means a license plate that has time (less
than a registration year), geographic area, mileage, or commodity
(28) "Service representative" means a person who furnishes
facilities and services including sales, warehousing, motorized
equipment, and drivers under contract or other arrangements to a
carrier for transportation of property by a household goods
(29) "Total distance" means the total number of miles or
kilometers traveled by a fleet of apportioned vehicles in all
jurisdictions during the preceding year. For purposes of motor
bus apportionment, total distance shall be calculated as provided
(30) "Trip-lease" means a lease of vehicular equipment to a
carrier or lessee for a single interjurisdictional movement. The
term may also include a similar intrajurisdictional movement where
such movement is authorized under the laws of the jurisdiction.