The Michigan Senate has approved a bill that would exempt
trucks delivering heating fuel from seasonal weight restrictions during the
time of year when loads are subject to freeze and thaw cycles.
Sponsored by Rep. Jerry Kooiman, R-Grand Rapids, the bill
now heads to Gov. Jennifer Granholm's desk. House lawmakers previously approved
The bill - HB5637 - would offer a weight exemption for
vehicles hauling heating fuel during the months of March, April and May. It
also would provide for an annual permit for the delivery of heating fuel and
public utility work in non-emergency situations.
Existing Michigan law exempts from the restriction vehicles
transporting agricultural commodities. The exception also applies to public
utility vehicles on highways, roads or streets under the jurisdiction of local
road agencies as long as the county road commission is notified at least 48
hours in advance and issues a permit, according to an analysis of the bill.
The annual permit being offered in the bill would cost up to
$100 per vehicle.