A Missouri House panel 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 and highway-safety
related bills up for consideration before lawmakers.
The House Transportation Committee voted Wednesday, April 5, to advance
a bill that 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. 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 violations.
Affected motor carriers would be prohibited from operating any
commercial motor vehicle and could not 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been rescinded or “the orders have been set aside by a court of proper
Griesheimer’s bill – SB1001 – is on its way to the full House for
consideration. It already passed the Senate 30-2.
Among the other trucking related bills also up for consideration is a
measure that would make rest areas throughout the state off limits to all
travelers – except truck drivers.
A bill offered by Sen. Dan Clemens, R-Marshfield, would require the
Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to ban from rest areas all
vehicles except commercial motor vehicles and truck-tractors or truck-tractor
combinations. It would also prohibit the construction of new rest areas.
The bill – SB1126 – is in the Senate Transportation Committee.
Another trucking bill 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.
The Senate approved a bill that 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.
The bill also would exempt contractors from paying sales taxes on
materials used in Department of Transportation projects after June 30, 2007. It
is in the House Job Creation and Economic Development Committee.
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 MoDOT. Currently,
household movers are exempt from the rules and regulations if their operations
are restricted to those described areas.
The House unanimously approved a highway-safety bill that would
create stiffer penalties for drivers who fail to make room for emergency
Drivers who fail to yield the right-of-way when an ambulance or police
vehicle is approaching with lights and sirens activated would face fines up to
$1,000 and/or one year in jail. Existing state law allows for violators to be
fined up to $500 and/or six months in jail.
Sponsored by Rep. Scott Lipke, R-Jackson, HB1310 has been sent to the
Senate Transportation Committee.
A similar effort to protect emergency personnel is included in a
Under the bill, sponsored by Sen. Michael Gibbons, R-Kirkwood,
penalties would be boosted for drivers who fail to maintain a safe distance and
reduce speed before passing emergency vehicles that are parked by the road with
their lights flashing and for failure to pull over and make way for oncoming
On two-lane highways, drivers would be required to reduce speed before
passing the emergency vehicle.
Violators would face up to a year in jail and/or as much as a $1,000
Gibbons’ bill – SB872 – is in the House Transportation Committee. It
already passed the Senate.
– By Keith Goble, state legislative