Committee gives truck registration bill an OK in Kansas

| 3/14/2003

The Kansas House Transportation Committee has voted in favor of a bill that will give owner-operators more control over their trucks’ registration. The bill, which has already passed the Senate 40-0, now goes to the full House for a vote.

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, which is supported by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, would change the language of that law to allow trucks to be registered by “the lessee or the lessor.”

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 OOIDA, Gary Green of the association’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.