New law gives Kansas owner-operators the right to register their own trucks

| 4/3/2003

A measure that will give owner-operators more control over their trucks' registration has become law in Kansas.

SB130, supported by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, was signed into law by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius March 26 after it was approved by the House. The lower chamber voted 114-9 for the bill March 19; the bill passed the Senate earlier by a vote of 40-0.

Kansas law previously required owner-operators leased to a carrier for 30 days or more to register their vehicles in the carrier's name. SB130 changes 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. Normally, new laws take effect in Kansas July 1, when they are published in the state's statute book; however, the amendment will move that up to the date the bill is published in the Kansas register, which could be months earlier.

OOIDA suggested the amendment, 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.