A bill that would revise the maximum work day law for
certain truck drivers who operate solely in the state has been sent to Gov.
Jennifer Granholm's desk.
The Senate overwhelmingly approved the bill - HB6663 - last
week before sending it back to the House for approval of changes. House
lawmakers signed off on the final version on a 99-3 vote.
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
Motor carriers operating entirely in intrastate commerce
would be prohibited 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.