New Michigan law revises HOS for certain intrastate truckers

| 1/12/2007

The maximum work day for certain truck drivers who operate solely in Michigan has been modified.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm has signed a bill into law that 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 House and Senate had overwhelmingly approved the bill - HB6663.

Motor carriers operating entirely in intrastate commerce will 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 applies to drivers who have been on duty 80 hours in any eight-day period.

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

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

The new rule now is in effect.