Kansas sets hearing on truck registration bill

| 3/7/2003

A hearing is scheduled before a House Committee on a bill backed by OOIDA that will give owner-operators more control over their trucks’ registration.

Kansas law now requires an owner-operator leased to a carrier for 30 days or more to register his vehicle in the carrier’s name. SB130 would change the language of that law to allow trucks to be registered by “the lessee or the lessor.”

The Transportation Committee hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in room 519-S at the state capitol in Topeka.

The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 40-0 on Feb. 25, and it moved to the House Feb. 26, where it was assigned to the Transportation Committee.

Sen. Les Donovan, R-Wichita, chairman of the Transportation Committee and assistant majority leader, added an amendment to the bill that could move its effective date up to as early as April 1. The bill passed the Senate with that amendment included.

The amendment was suggested by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, Gary Green of OOIDA’s Business Services division said. It was targeted at Kansas truckers who were registered in Oklahoma. Those truckers recently received a reprieve when Oklahoma extended its registrations, which had expired March 1, to April 1.