Michigan bill would revise HOS for certain intrastate truckers

| 12/11/2006

The Michigan House has approved a bill that would revise the maximum work day law for certain truck drivers who operate in Michigan only.

House lawmakers voted 93-12 Tuesday, Dec. 5, to send the bill to the Senate for further consideration.

Sponsored by Rep. Philip LaJoy, R-Canton, the bill is intended to prevent truck drivers operating within the state's borders and engaged in seasonal construction-related activities from driving too many hours.

The bill - HB6663 - would prohibit motor carriers operating entirely in intrastate commerce from requiring drivers to be behind the wheel after having been on duty 70 hours in any seven-day period. The rule also would apply to drivers who have been on duty 80 hours in any eight-day period.

In addition, motor carriers would be prohibited from requiring drivers to drive more than 12 hours or be on duty more than 16 hours in any day.

The restrictions would apply regardless the number of motor carriers using the driver's services.

The bill has been referred to the Senate Transportation Committee.

- By Keith Goble, state legislative editor