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R907. Transportation, Administration.

Rule R907-1. Administrative Procedures.

As in effect on October 1, 2014

Table of Contents

R907-1-1. General Provisions.

All applications, Requests for Agency Action, Notices of Agency Action, and requests for review shall be processed as informal adjudicative proceedings pursuant to Title 63G, Chapter 4, Utah Administrative Procedures Act (UAPA), unless another rule specifically designates a proceeding as formal or either party requests conversion to a formal proceeding and the presiding officer decides that conversion is in the public interest and does not prejudice the rights of any party. An evidentiary hearing will be held only for formal adjudicative proceedings. However, nothing in this rule is intended to prohibit the presiding officer from holding a meeting of all parties for purposes of settlement, fleshing out of the issues, oral argument, or presentation of evidence. Adjudicative proceedings are subject to agency review pursuant to Section 63G-4-301, only when statute or a rule specifically provides for review. This rule does not apply to employee grievances, personnel actions, or requests for records under the Governmental Records Access and Management Act (GRAMA). When used in these rules, "director" means Presiding Officer except when used as Executive Director.

R907-1-2. Commencement by Department -- Notice of Agency Action -- Procedures.

(1) An adjudicative proceeding commenced by the department is initiated by a Notice of Agency Action, which the department shall mail or personally deliver to the person or persons against whom the action is proposed to be taken (respondents). UDOT shall publish the Notice of Agency Action if required by statute, any other rule, or the Utah Transportation Commission.

(2) A Notice of Agency Action shall include the following information:

(a) the names and mailing addresses of all respondents and any other persons to whom notice is being given;

(b) the department's file number or other reference number;

(c) a name or caption of the adjudicative proceeding, i.e., Utah Department of Transportation, Motor Carrier Safety Division v. XXXX Trucking Company;

(d) the date on which the Notice was placed in U.S. Mail, or personally served upon the respondents;

(e) a statement that, if the person requests an appeal of the agency action, the adjudicative proceeding will be conducted informally pursuant to these rules unless either the department or the respondent requests conversion to a formal adjudicative proceeding and the appropriate presiding officer identified in R907-1-3(2) grants the request;

(f) a statement of the legal authority and jurisdiction under which the adjudicative proceeding is to be maintained;

(g) the name, title, mailing address, and telephone number of the office initiating the Notice of Agency Action and the appropriate hearing officer;

(h) a general statement of the purpose of the adjudicative proceeding and, to the extent known, the questions to be decided;

(i) if the department is proposing to assess a fine or penalty, the amount of the fine or penalty and a summary of the evidence supporting the proposed amount; and

(j) a statement that the respondent is entitled to agency review if he or she files a Request for Agency Review with the initiating division or office within 30 days from the date the Notice is deposited in U.S. Mail or personally served.

(3) Absent filing of a timely request, the department will issue an order that the respondent is in default. If the defaulting party is the sole respondent, the Notice of Agency Action will then become the department's final order. The initiating division, office, or appropriate hearing officer shall revise the Notice of Agency Action to effect this change, captioning the Notice as the Final Order, affixing the appropriate signature the new date. The department may not change the contents in any substantive manner. However, the final order shall include a provision that notifies the respondent of his right to judicial review. The department shall then either mail or personally serve the respondent with a copy of the default order and the final order.

(4) If the defaulting party is not the sole respondent, the initiating division, office, or the appropriate hearing officer shall mail the Order of Default to all parties. The adjudicative proceeding may continue and the department may determine all issues in the proceeding, including those affecting the defaulting party.

(5) A defaulting party may seek agency review of an Order of Default by sending a written request for review to the appropriate hearing officer identified in R907-1-3(2). If the Order of Default was issued by that hearing officer, then the defaulting party must seek reconsideration of the Order of Default pursuant to R907-1-5. The sole issue is whether entering default was appropriate.

R907-1-3. Commencement By a Member of the Public -- Complete or Partial Denials of Applications or Requests for Agency Action -- Default.

(1) If the department denies, either completely or in part, an application or Request for Agency Action and that action is subject to agency review, the division or office issuing the denial shall send to the applicant a written reply as promptly as possible. The reply should include a brief summary of the reasons for the decision along with a listing of any statutes or rules that were interpreted or relied upon for it, along with UDOT's file or reference number. It shall advise the applicant of his or her right to request agency review by filing a written request with the initiating division or office within 30 days after issuance of the notice. In addition, the reply shall inform the applicant that his written request for review must include any supporting documentation, including legal memoranda, that he or she wishes to be considered. The reply shall constitute the proposed order of the division or office making the decision and shall so indicate on the reply. If there is no appeal within 30 days, it shall become the final order of the department.

(2) Upon receiving a Request for Agency Review, the division or office shall first evaluate it to determine whether it meets the requirements of Section 63G-4-301(1), i.e., whether it is signed, states the grounds upon which review is requested, the relief sought, and stating the date upon which it was mailed. If the request does not meet the statutory requirements, or was received at the division or office after the 30-day appeals period, it shall be returned to the sender with explanation as to the reason for the return. If the request meets the statutory requirements, the division or office shall promptly forward the material and a copy of any relevant material in its files to:

(a) the Operations Engineer, if the action involves Title 72, Chapter 7, Part 5, Utah Outdoor Advertising Act;

(b) the Deputy Director, if the action involves Title 72, Chapter 9, Motor Carrier Safety Act;

(c) the Project Development Director or designee, if the matter relates to:

(i) construction contract disputes; or

(ii) construction bids or the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, in which case, the agency review also constitutes "administrative reconsideration" under federal regulation;

(d) the Region Director, if the action involves something other than the items listed in Subsections (a), (b), or (c), and a specific appellate procedure is not otherwise specified in these rules or in statute;

(e) the Executive Director or designee, if the action involves something other than the items listed in subsections (a), (b), (c), or (d) and was initiated by department personnel located at department headquarters at the Calvin Rampton Complex.

(3) The positions listed above shall be the respective presiding officers. However, either the Executive Director or Deputy Director may designate another to act as a substitute. Additionally, when called to preside over adjudicative proceeding that involves access management or has potential "takings" or inverse condemnation implications, the Region Director may designate a group of individuals either to advise on the issue or to take over presiding officer duties. If the Region Director designates a group to take over presiding officer duties, he or she shall appoint:

(a) an odd-numbered group so that any decision will not result in a tie; and

(b) a chairperson.

(4) The person who issued the agency order to be reviewed may not be included in either of the groups established in paragraph (3). However, the person who issued the decision may be consulted, asked for the reasons underlying his decision, and called as a witness if the proceeding is converted to a formal one.

(5) Absent filing of a timely Request for Agency Review, the department will issue an order that the respondent is in default. If the defaulting party is the sole respondent, the Request for Agency Action will be dismissed. The department shall either mail a copy of the default order and the dismissal order to the person who requested the action.

(6) If the defaulting party is not the sole requester, the initiating division, office, or the appropriate hearing officer shall mail the Order of Default to all parties. The adjudicative proceeding may continue and the department may determine all issues in the proceeding, including those affecting the defaulting party.

(7) A defaulting party may seek agency review of an Order of Default by sending a request for agency review to the presiding officer. If the Order of Default was issued by that officer, then the defaulting party must seek reconsideration of the Order of Default pursuant to R907-1-5. The sole issue is whether entering default was appropriate.

R907-1-4. Agency Review -- Procedures.

(1) Discovery is prohibited, but subpoenas may be issued for the production of necessary evidence. Upon request, the applicant shall have access to information contained in the agency's files and to all materials and information gathered in any investigation, except as otherwise provided by law.

(2)Within 20 days after receipt of a request for agency review, any party, including the division or office that issued the original decision, may submit additional documentation, which may include legal briefs, to the person required to decide on review. The person deciding on review may grant either party an extension of time. The decision should be made on the record appearing after the responses have been submitted, but the person required to decide on review may meet with the parties, if he or she considers it necessary. This meeting is not a hearing as contemplated under Title 63G, Chapter 4 Utah Administrative Procedures Act.

(3)The person deciding the review shall issue a final agency order as promptly as possible. The order shall contain:

(a) a designation of the statute or rule permitting or requiring review;

(b) a statement of the issues reviewed;

(c) findings as fact as to each of the issues;

(d) conclusions of law as to each of the issues;

(e) the reasons for the disposition;

(f) whether the decision of the division or office initiating the decision is affirmed, reversed, modified, or remanded; and

(g) notice of the right to judicial review pursuant to Section 63G-4-402 by filing a petition in district court within 30 days.

R907-1-5. Reconsideration.

(1) Within 20 days after issuance of the final order, any party may request reconsideration, stating the specific grounds upon which relief is requested.

(2) The person filing the request shall mail a copy to each party.

(3) The Executive Director, or his designee, shall issue a written order either denying or granting the request. If no order is issued within 20 days, the request shall be considered denied. If the request is granted in any part and a new final order is issued, it shall include the same information listed in R907-1-4, or R907-1-6 if the matter concerned motor carriers.

R907-1-6. Administrative Procedures for Motor Carrier Actions.

(1) When a motor carrier appeals the imposition of a penalty under Title 72, Chapter 9, Motor Carrier Safety Act, he or she shall follow the procedures established in R907-1. This proceeding is an informal adjudicative proceeding under Section 63G-4-402, Utah Administrative Procedures Act; therefore, discovery is prohibited, but the administrative hearing officer may issue subpoenas or other orders to compel production of necessary evidence. The department shall provide the applicant, upon request, information in the agency's files, including records that are part of any investigation unless those records are otherwise made confidential or protected from disclosure.

(2) If the proceeding is converted to a formal adjudicative proceeding and an evidentiary hearing held, the department's Executive Director may act as the administrative hearing officer. At the hearing, the motor carrier shall go first and is burdened to show why the department's civil penalties should not be assessed. The division shall respond, with the motor carrier being given an opportunity to rebut the division's evidence. If the administrative hearing officer decides doing so will be beneficial to his understanding of the issues, he may allow closing statements or arguments and he may tape the proceedings. The rules of evidence do not apply.

(3) The person deciding the review shall issue a final agency order as promptly as possible. The order shall contain:

(a) a designation of the statute or rule permitting or requiring review;

(b) a statement of the issues reviewed;

(c) findings as fact as to each of the issues;

(d) conclusions of law as to each of the issues;

(e) the reasons for the disposition;

(f) whether the decision of the division or office initiating the decision is affirmed, reversed, modified, or remanded; and

(g) notice of the right to judicial review pursuant to Section 63G-4-402 by filing a petition in district court within 30 days.

R907-1-7. Formal Process and Hearing: Initiation.

(1) If, notwithstanding R907-1-1, the department wishes to initiate an adjudicative proceeding as a formal proceeding, the formal hearing process shall be conducted as follows:

(2) A Notice of Agency Action shall include the following information:

(a) the names and mailing addresses of all respondents and any other persons to whom notice is being given;

(b) the department's file number or other reference number;

(c) a name or caption of the adjudicative proceeding, i.e., Utah Department of Transportation, Motor Carrier Safety Division v. XXXX Trucking Company;

(d) the date on which the Notice was placed in U.S. Mail, or personally served upon the respondents;

(e) a statement of the legal authority and jurisdiction under which the adjudicative proceeding is to be maintained;

(f) the name, title, mailing address, and telephone number of the office initiating the Notice of Agency Action and the appropriate hearing officer;

(g) a general statement of the purpose of the adjudicative proceeding and, to the extent known, the questions to be decided;

(h) if the department is proposing to assess a fine or penalty, the amount of the fine or penalty and a summary of the evidence supporting the proposed amount;

(i) a statement that the adjudicative proceeding is to be conducted formally according to the provisions of these Rules and Sections 63G-4-204 to 63G-4-209;

(j) a statement that a written response must be filed within 30 days of the mailing date of the Notice of Agency Action; and

(k) a statement of the time and place of the hearing, a statement of the purpose for which the hearing is to be held, and a statement that a party who fails to attend or participate in the hearing may be held in default.

(3) Absent filing of a timely request, the department will issue an order that the respondent is in default. If the defaulting party is the sole respondent, the Notice of Agency Action will then become the department's final order. The initiating division, office, or appropriate hearing officer shall revise the Notice of Agency Action to effect this change, captioning the Notice as the Final Order, affixing the appropriate signature and the new date. The department may not change the contents in any substantive manner. However, the final order shall include a provision that notifies the respondent of his right to judicial review. The department shall then either mail or personally serve the respondent with a copy of the default order and the final order.

(4) If the defaulting party is not the sole respondent, the initiating division, office, or the appropriate hearing officer shall mail the Order of Default to all parties. The adjudicative proceeding may continue and the department may determine all issues in the proceeding, including those affecting the defaulting party.

(5) A defaulting party may seek agency review of an Order of Default by sending a written request to the appropriate hearing officer identified in R907-1-3(2). If the Order of Default was issued by that hearing officer, then the defaulting party must seek reconsideration of the Order of Default pursuant to R907-3-1. The sole issue is whether entering default was appropriate.

R907-1-8. Formal Process and Hearing: Responses.

(1) In all formal adjudicative proceedings, the respondent shall file and serve a written response signed by the respondent or a representative within 30 days of the mailing date of the Notice of Agency Action that shall include:

(a) UDOT's file number or other reference number;

(b) the name of the adjudicative proceeding;

(c) a statement of the relief that the respondent seeks;

(d) a statement of the facts; and

(e) a statement summarizing the reasons that the relief requested should be granted.

(2) The response shall be filed with UDOT and one copy shall be sent by mail to each party.

(3) All papers permitted or required to be filed under these rules shall be filed with UDOT and one copy shall be sent by mail to each party.

(4) In the discretion of the Presiding Officer Director, any respondent may be heard without written pleadings or an order of default may be entered pursuant to the Rules below.

R907-1-9. Formal Process and Hearing: Intervention.

(1) Order Granting Leave to Intervene Required. Any person, not a party, desiring to intervene in a formal proceeding shall obtain an order from the presiding officer granting leave to intervene before being allowed to participate. Such order shall be requested by means of a signed, written petition to intervene which shall be filed with UDOT by the time a response is due as prescribed in R907-1-8 and a copy promptly mailed to each party. Any petition to intervene or materials filed after the date a response is due, may be considered by the presiding officer only upon separate motion of the intervenor made at or before the hearing for good cause shown.

(2) Content of Petition. Petitions for leave to intervene must identify the proceedings. The petition must contain a statement of facts demonstrating that the petitioner's legal rights or interest are substantially affected by the formal adjudicative proceeding, or that the petitioner qualifies as an intervenor under any provision of law. Additionally, the petition shall include a statement of the relief, including the basis thereof, that the petitioner seeks from the presiding officer.

(3) Response to Petition. Any party to a proceeding in which intervention is sought may make an oral or written response to the petition for intervention. Such response shall state the basis for opposition to intervention and may suggest limitations to be placed upon the intervenor if intervention is granted. The response must be presented or filed at or before the hearing.

(4) Granting of Petition. The presiding officer shall grant a petition for intervention if he or she determines that:

(a) The petitioner's legal interests may be substantially affected by the formal adjudicative proceeding; and

(b) The interests of justice and the orderly and prompt conduct of the adjudicative proceedings will not be materially impaired by allowing the intervention.

(5) Order Requirements.

(a) Any order granting or denying a petition to intervene shall be in writing and sent by mail to the petitioner and each party.

(b) An order permitting intervention may impose conditions on the intervenor's participation in the adjudicative proceeding that are necessary for a just, orderly, and prompt conduct of the adjudicative proceeding.

(c) The presiding officer may impose conditions at any time after the intervention.

(d) If it appears during the course of the proceeding that an intervenor has no direct or substantial interest in the proceeding and that the public interest does not require the intervenor's participation therein, the presiding officer may dismiss the intervenors from the proceeding.

(e) In the interest of expediting a hearing, the presiding officer may limit the extent of participation of an intervenor. Where two or more intervenors have substantially like interests and positions, the presiding officer may at any time during the hearing limit the number of intervenors who will be permitted to testify, cross-examine witnesses or make and argue motions and objections.

R907-1-10. Formal Process and Hearing: Conduct of Hearings.

All hearings before the Presiding Officer Director shall be governed by the following procedures:

(1) Public Hearings. All hearings shall be open to the public, unless otherwise ordered by the Presiding Officer Director for good cause shown. All hearings shall be open to all parties

(2) Full Disclosure. The Presiding Officer Director shall regulate the course of the hearing to obtain full disclosure of relevant facts and to afford all the parties a reasonable opportunity to present their positions.

(3) Rules of Evidence. The Director shall use as appropriate guides, the Utah Rules of Evidence insofar as the same may be applicable and not inconsistent with these rules. Notwithstanding this, on its own motion or upon objection of a party, the Director:

(a) may exclude evidence that is irrelevant, immaterial, or unduly repetitious;

(b) shall exclude evidence privileged in the courts of Utah;

(c) may receive documentary evidence in the form of a copy or excerpt if the copy or excerpt contains all pertinent portions of the original document; and

(d) may take official notice of any facts that could be judicially noticed under the Utah Rules of Evidence, of the record or other proceedings before the agency, and of technical or scientific facts within the agency's specialized knowledge.

(4) Hearsay. Notwithstanding subsection C. above, the Director may not exclude evidence solely because it is hearsay.

(5) Parties Rights. The Director shall afford to all parties the opportunity to present evidence, argue, respond, conduct cross-examination, and submit rebuttal evidence.

(6) Public Participation. The Director may give persons not a party to the adjudicative proceeding the opportunity to present oral or written statements at the hearing.

(7) Oath. All testimony presented at the hearing, if offered as evidence to be considered in reaching a decision on the merits, shall be given under oath.

(8) Failure to Appear. When a party to a proceeding fails to appear at a hearing after due notice has been given, the Director may enter an order of default in accordance with this rule.

(9) Time Limits. The Director may set reasonable time limits for the participants of the hearing.

(10) Continuances of the Hearing. Any hearing may be continued to a time and date certain announced at the hearing, which shall not require any new notification. The continuance of the hearing may be made upon motion of a party indicating good cause why such a continuance is necessary and not due to the fault of the party requesting the continuance. The continuance of the hearing may also be made by the request of the Director when in the public interest.

(11) Oral Argument and Briefs. Upon the conclusion of the taking of evidence, the Director may, at his discretion, permit the parties to make oral arguments or submit additional briefs or memoranda upon a schedule to be designated by the Director.

(12) Record of Hearing. The Director shall cause an official record of the hearing to be made, at the agency's expense.

(a) The record may be made by means of a certified shorthand reporter employed by the Director or by a party desiring to employ a certified shorthand reporter at its own cost in the event that the Director chooses not to employ a reporter. If a party employs a certified shorthand reporter, the original transcript of the hearing shall be filed with the Director. Parties desiring a copy of the certified shorthand reporter's transcript may purchase it from the reporter.

(b) The record of the proceedings may also be made by means of a tape recorder or other recording device if the Director determines that it is unnecessary or impracticable to employ a certified shorthand reporter and the parties do not desire to employ a certified shorthand reporter. Any party, at its own expense, may have a person approved by the Director prepare a transcript of the hearing, subject to any restrictions that the Director is permitted by statute to impose to protect confidential information disclosed at the hearing. Whenever a transcript or tape recording of a hearing is made, it will be made available at the appropriate UDOT office for use, but may not be taken out of the office. If the party agrees to pay the costs, the department will make a copy to give to them.

(13) Preserving Integrity. This section does not preclude the Director from taking appropriate measures necessary to preserve the integrity of the hearing.

(14) Summons, Witness Fees and Discovery. The Director may allow appropriate witness fees as provided by statute or rule.

(a) Summons. The Director may issue a summons or subpoena on its own motion, or upon request of a party, shall issue summons or subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses and the production of any pertinent paper, book, record, document, or other appropriate discovery of evidence.

(b) Discovery. Upon the motion of a party and for good cause shown that it is to obtain relevant information necessary to support a claim or defense, the Director may authorize such manner of discovery against another party or person, including the UDOT staff, as may be prescribed by and in the manner provided by the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure.

(c) Construction. Nothing in this section restricts or precludes any investigative right or power given to the Transportation Commission or Director by law.

R907-1-11. Formal Process and Hearing: Decisions and Orders.

(1) Decision. The Director shall sign and issue an order that includes:

(a) a statement of the Director's findings of fact, conclusions of law and decision, based exclusively on the evidence of the record in the adjudicative proceedings or on facts officially noted;

(b) a statement of the reasons for the Director's decision;

(c) a statement of any relief ordered;

(d) a notice of the right to apply for reconsideration;

(e) a notice of any right to administrative or judicial review of the order available to aggrieved parties; and

(f) The time limits applicable to any reconsideration or review.

(2) Preparation of Order. The Director may direct the prevailing party to prepare proposed findings of fact, conclusions of law and an order consistent with the requirements of this rule, which shall be completed within ten days of the direction, unless otherwise instructed by the Director. Copies of the proposed findings of fact, conclusions of law and order shall be served by the prevailing party upon all parties of record prior to being presented by the Director for signature. Notice of objection thereto shall be submitted to the Director and all parties of record within ten days of service.

(3) Entry of Order. The Director shall sign the order and cause the same to be entered and indexed in books kept for that purpose. The order shall be effective on the date of issuance, unless otherwise provided in the order. Upon the petition of a person subject to the order and for good cause shown, the Director may extend the time for compliance fixed in its order.

(4) Evaluation of Evidence. The Director may use his expertise, technical competence, and specialized knowledge to evaluate the evidence.

(5) Hearsay. No finding of fact that was contested may be based solely on hearsay evidence.

(6) Interim Orders. This section does not preclude the Director from issuing interim orders to:

(a) notify the parties of further hearings;

(b) notify the parties of provisional rulings on a portion of the issues presented; or

(c) otherwise provide for the fair and efficient conduct of the adjudicative proceeding.

(7) Notice. The Director shall notify all parties to the proceeding of its decision. A copy of the order with accompanying findings of fact and conclusions of law shall be delivered or mailed to each party.

R907-1-12. Formal Process and Hearing: Reconsideration and Modification of Existing Orders.

(1) Time for Filing. Within 20 days after the date that a final order is issued in the formal adjudicative process, any party may file a written request for reconsideration or rehearing, stating the specific grounds upon which relief is requested.

(2) Not Prerequisite for Judicial Review. Unless otherwise provided by law, the filing of the request for reconsideration is not a prerequisite for seeking judicial review of the order.

(3) Mailing Requirement. The request for reconsideration shall be filed with the Director. One copy shall be sent by mail to each party by the person making the request.

(4) Contents of Petition. A petition for reconsideration shall set forth specifically the particulars in which it is claimed the Director's order or decision is unlawful, unreasonable, or unfair. If the petition is based upon a claim that the Director failed to consider certain evidence, it shall include an abstract of that evidence. If the petition is based upon newly discovered evidence, then the petition shall be accompanied by an affidavit setting forth the nature and extent of such evidence, its relevancy to the issues involved, and a statement that the party could not, with reasonable diligence, have discovered the evidence prior to the hearing.

(5) Response to Petition. All other parties to the proceeding upon which a reconsideration is sought may file a response to the petition no later than ten days from the filing of the petition. A copy of such responses shall be mailed to the petitioner by the person so responding on the date the response is filed.

(6) Action on the Petition. The Director is authorized to act upon the petition for reconsideration. If the Director does not issue an order within 20 days after the filing of the request, the request for reconsideration shall be considered denied. The Director may, by written order, set a time for hearing on said petition or deny the petition.

(7) Modification of Existing Orders. A request for modification or amendment of an existing order of the Director shall be treated as a new Request for Agency Action for the purposes of this rule. Such request for modification or amendment shall include as directly affected persons all parties to the previous adjudicative proceeding and their successors in interest.

R907-1-13. Declaratory Rulings.

(1) Petition for Declaratory Orders. Any person may petition the Director for a declaratory order on the applicability of any administrative rule, regulation or order as well as any provision of the Utah Code within the jurisdiction of UDOT, which relate to the operations or activities of that person. The petition shall include the questions and answers sought and reasons in support of or in opposition to the applicability of the statute, rule, regulation or order involved.

(2) Not Subject to Declaratory Rulings. The Director shall not issue a declaratory ruling if:

(a) the person requesting the declaratory ruling participated in an adjudicative proceeding concerning the same issue within 12 months of the date of the present request; or

(b) there would be substantial prejudice to the rights of a person who would be a necessary party, unless that person consents in writing to the determination of the matter by a declaratory proceeding.

(3) Intervention. Persons may intervene in declaratory proceedings if they meet the requirements of R907-1-9.

(4) Forms of Rulings. After receipt of a petition for a declaratory order, the Director may issue a written order:

(a) declaring the applicability of the statute, rule, regulation or order in question to the specified circumstances; or

(b) decline to issue a declaratory order and state the reasons for its action.

(5) Contents of Order. A declaratory order shall contain:

(a) the names of all parties to the proceeding on which it is based;

(b) the particular facts on which it is based; and

(c) the reasons for its conclusion.

(6) Mailing of Order. A copy of all orders issued in response to a request for a declaratory proceeding shall be mailed promptly to the petitioner and any other parties.

(7) Binding Effect. A declaratory order has the same status and binding effect as any other order issued in an adjudicative proceeding.

(8) Time Limit. Unless the petitioner and the Director agree in writing to an extension, if the Director has not issued a declaratory order within 60 days after receipt of the request for a declaratory order, the petition is denied.

R907-1-14. Emergency Orders.

Emergency orders will be issued in accordance with the following guidelines: notwithstanding the other provisions of these Rules, the Director or any member of the Transportation Commission is authorized to issue an emergency order without notice and hearing in accordance with applicable law. The emergency order shall remain in effect no longer than until the next regular meeting of the Transportation Commission, or such shorter period of time as shall be prescribed by statute.

(1) Prerequisites for Emergency Order. The following must exist to allow an emergency order:

(a) the facts known to the Director or Commission member or presented to the Director or Commission member show that an immediate and significant danger to the public health, safety, or welfare exists; and

(b) the threat requires immediate action by the Director of Commission member.

(2) Limitations. In issuing its Emergency Order, the Director or Commission member shall:

(a) limit its order to require only the action necessary to prevent or avoid the danger to the public health, safety, or welfare;

(b) issue promptly a written order, effective immediately, that includes a brief statement of findings of fact, conclusions of law, and reasons for the Director or Commission member's utilization of emergency adjudicative proceedings;

(c) give immediate notice to the persons who are required to comply with the order; and

(d) if the emergency order issued under this section will result in the continued infringement or impairment of any legal right or interest of any party, the Director shall commence a formal adjudicative proceeding before the Director in accordance with R907-1.

R907-1-15. Exhaustion of Administrative Remedies.

(1) Persons must exhaust their administrative remedies in accordance with Section 63G-4-401, prior to seeking judicial review.

(2) In any adjudicative proceeding before the Director, there is an opportunity for affected parties to respond and participate. Only those aggrieved parties that so exhausted these available and adequate remedies before the Director may be allowed to seek judicial review of the final Director action.

R907-1-16. Deadline for Judicial Review.

A party shall file a petition for judicial review of final agency action within 30 days after the date that the order constituting the final agency action is issued. The petition shall name the agency and all other appropriate parties as respondents and shall meet the form requirements specified in Title 63G, Chapter 4.

R907-1-17. Judicial Review of Formal Adjudicative Proceedings.

Judicial review of formal adjudicative proceedings shall be conducted in conformance with Sections 63G-4-403.

R907-1-18. Civil Enforcement.

(1) Agency Action. In addition to other remedies provided by law and other Rules of the Transportation Commission or UDOT, the Commission or UDOT may seek enforcement of an order by seeking civil enforcement in the district courts.

(a) The action seeking civil enforcement must name, as defendants, each alleged violator against whom civil enforcement is sought.

(b) Venue for an action seeking civil enforcement shall be determined by the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure.

(c) The action may request, and the court may grant, any of the following:

(i) declaratory relief;

(ii) temporary or permanent injunctive relief;

(iii) any other civil remedy provided by law; or

(iv) any combination of the foregoing.

(2) Individual Action. Any person whose interests are directly impaired or threatened by the failure of an agency to enforce its order may timely file a complaint seeking civil enforcement of that order. The complaint must name as defendants, the agency whose order is sought to be enforced, the agency that is vested with the power to enforce the order, and each alleged violator against whom the plaintiff seeks civil enforcement. The action may not be commenced:

(a) until at least 30 days after the plaintiff has given notice of its intent to seek civil enforcement of the alleged violation to the Commission or UDOT, the attorney general, and to each alleged violator against whom the petitioner seeks civil enforcement;

(b) if the Commission or UDOT has filed and is diligently prosecuting a complaint seeking civil enforcement of the same order against the same or similarly situated defendant; or

(c) if a petition for judicial review of the same order has been filed and is pending in court.

R907-1-19. Waivers.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this rule, any procedural matter, including any right to notice or hearing, may be waived by the affected person by a signed, written waiver in a form acceptable to UDOT. This waiver provision may not be construed to prohibit a finding of default as defined in this rule.

R907-1-20. Construction.

The Utah Administrative Procedures Act described in Title 63G, Chapter 4 or any other federal, state statute, or federal regulation shall supersede any conflicting provision of this rule. It is the department's intent that, where possible, the provisions of this rule be construed to be in compliance with those superseding provisions.

KEY

administrative procedures, enforcement (administrative)

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment

December 9, 2013

Notice of Continuation

August 11, 2011

Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law

63G-4-101 through 502; 72-1-102


Additional Information

Contact

For questions regarding the content or application of rules under Title R907, please contact the promulgating agency (Transportation, Administration). A list of agencies with links to their homepages is available at http://www.utah.gov/government/agencylist.html or from http://www.rules.utah.gov/contact/agencycontacts.htm.