Commissioner’s Corner: A Lifeline for the Lifeline
are following those rates by conducting audits. If an audit reveals that a company has charged a customer too much money, the PSC will order them to refund it. Not only does the PSC regulate trucking companies, we also supervise taxis and companies who drive patients to a non-emergency medical appointment. The PSC doesn’t regulate all taxi companies, just the ones that move people from one city to another. For example, if a taxi company drives people only in the city of Montgomery, the PSC does not oversee it. If, however, a taxi company drives people from Montgomery to Birmingham, the PSC would oversee it. The medical transport companies we oversee take people to their doctors. Many may not be aware of this service but it is a wonderful asset for those who do not have the ability to drive themselves and don’t have friends or family members who can drive them to their doctors’ offices. Thankfully, there are companies who are there to help them make their appointments.
Sometimes a transportation company will challenge another company’s right to operate in a certain area. When that happens, our legal division conducts a hearing that is a lot like a trial. An Administrative Law Judge or hearing officer will preside over the hearing, witnesses will testify under oath, and evidence is presented. Staff who work on transportation issues usually attend these hearings. After the hearing, the judge or officer will decide whether to recommend that the company be allowed to operate. I, and my fellow commissioners, will then vote on whether to accept that recommendation.
I recognize that “the white line is the lifeline to the nation” and more importantly, to our great state of Alabama. I am proud of what the PSC does for the transportation industry in Alabama and to serve with those who also recognize the importance of the transportation industry within our state. Because I recognize how important the transportation sector is to Alabama, I will continue to work on behalf of those who move goods and people across our roads.
The opinions contained in this article are those of Alabama Public Service Commissioner Chris “Chip” Beeker Jr. and are not necessarily the opinions of any other person associated with the Alabama Public Service Commission. From “Six Little Stories” supplied by a local reader. Dear Editor: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, which built the Vietnam Wall in 1982, seeks to honor all Vietnam veterans and help heal the nation’s wounds from the Vietnam War. As they continue their mission, they are seeking to connect a face with every name on the Wall through both their interactive digital Wall of Faces as well as in the future Education Center.
In an effort to help fulfill this mission, history students at Auburn High School are seeking community support in providing photographs to honor the memory of the fallen soldiers from Alabama. As of July 2017, two of Cherokee County’s three casualties in the Vietnam War still do not have photographs representing them on the Wall of Faces (323 of the 1210 casualties from Alabama lack images).
Your help in finding photos of the following Cherokee County fallen heroes would be greatly appreciated: Lewis Edward Cantrell of Centre, who fell on April 29th, 1967, and Jimmie Ladon Chamblee of Centre, who fell on June 22, 1970.
For those with information or photos of these heroes, please contact Blake Busbin, Auburn High School history teacher, at email@example.com. Families and friends can also submit photos to the Wall of Faces site, by going to www.vvmf.org and clicking the Wall of Faces link. Blake Busbin 2340 Annandale Lane Auburn, AL. 36830