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
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
- By Keith Goble, state legislative editor