The Michigan House approved a bill Sept. 29 that would allow
longer trucks on state roads.
House lawmakers voted 68-33 to permit trucks 65 feet long on
state roads, 6 feet longer than the current limit of 59 feet, which was set in
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Gene DeRossett, R-Manchester,
wouldn’t translate to a dramatic increase in the number of longer trucks on the
road because many already are exempt from the 59-foot limit, including car
haulers and logging, lumber and agriculture vehicles, The Associated Press reported.
However, the Federal Highway Administration could decide
that the change doesn’t comply with federal law. That could translate to a fine
of $100 million.
According to the news agency, some local units of government
also could lose funding because fines are standardized throughout the state.
The bill, HB4358, now heads to the Senate for consideration.