The Missouri Senate has approved a bill that would allow the state’s
Highway Commission to revoke licenses and registrations of motor carriers in
certain circumstances. The bill is one of several trucking-related bills up for
consideration before lawmakers.
The motor carrier bill would authorize the state to suspend, revoke or
cancel the registration, license, permit or other credentials issued to motor
carriers if a federal agency or the state commission has issued an
out-of-service order against the motor carrier.
Sponsored by Sen. Sen. John Griesheimer, R-Washington, the rule would
be applicable to out-of-service orders placing a motor carrier’s entire
operation out of service. It would not apply to out-of-service orders placing
an individual driver or vehicle out of service.
Affected motor carriers would be prohibited from operating any
commercial motor vehicle and couldn’t allow employees to operate commercial
motor vehicles in intrastate or interstate commerce.
The motor carrier would be forced to surrender all license plates,
motor carrier licenses, registrations, permits and other credentials.
After an order has been issued, out-of-state motor carriers would not
be eligible to apply for the issuance or reinstatement of any license,
registration, permit, certificate or other credentials until the out-of-service
order has been rescinded or “the orders have been set aside by a court of
Griesheimer’s bill also includes a provision that would require teens
to spend many more hours under supervision before they could obtain their
temporary instruction permit to drive.
The bill would double the number of hours of behind-the-wheel training
to 40 hours. That would include 10 hours of nighttime driving.
For the first six months, a 16-year-old driver could not transport more
than one passenger younger than 19, except for family members. After six
months, the number would increase to three.
Missouri law now only requires drivers who are 16 to
have held an instructional permit for at least six months and to have completed
20 hours of behind-the-wheel training. It prohibits drivers between 16 and 18
years old from driving alone between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. unless it is for school
or work. There are no restrictions on the number of passengers.
According to Missouri AAA, the odds of being involved in a fatal
accident double for teen drivers transporting another person. The odds that a
driver will be involved in a non-fatal accident increase by 100 percent when a
teen drives with a passenger. Driving with two or more passengers increases the
odds by 500 percent, the Columbia Missourian reported.
The bill – SB1001 – has been sent to the House Transportation
Among the other trucking-related bills also up for consideration is a
measure that would clarify that an owner-operator leased to a trucking company
is not an employee for purposes of unemployment compensation.
Sponsored by Sen. Dan Clemens, R-Marshfield, the bill – SB755 – is
awaiting consideration before the full Senate.
Another bill before the full Senate would clarify the common carrier
sales tax exemption for the purchase of motor vehicles – with a gross weight of
24,000 pounds or more – or trailers.
Missouri law now applies the exemption only if the
common carrier operates solely in interstate commerce.
SB696, sponsored by Sen. Gary Nodler, R-Joplin, would make the exemption
applicable to both intrastate and interstate commerce.
One other bill before the full Senate would allow common carriers of
household goods to file applications to the State Highways and Transportation
Commission for approval of rates to reflect increases and decreases in the
Sponsored by Sen. Rob Mayer, R-Dexter, the bill – SB1027 – also would
“repeal the exemption that currently allows household goods movers to operate
wholly in municipalities, between contiguous municipalities, or commercial
zones” without having to obtain operating authority from the Missouri
Department of Transportation. Currently, household movers are exempt from the
rules and regulations if their operations are restricted to those described