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.
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.