Kansas puts an end to its exception to IRP registration rules

| Tuesday, April 15, 2003

Kansas has asked the International Registration Plan to remove the state's exception to the IRP's owner-operator rules.

Kansas law previously required owner-operators leased to a carrier for 30 days or more to register their vehicles in the carrier's name. That was an exception to IRP rules. A bill signed into law by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius March 26, SB130, changes the language of that law to allow trucks to be registered by “the lessee or the lessor” and bringing the state into compliance with IRP regulations.

SB130 was supported by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

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.

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 but could no longer register their trucks in that state.

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