A bill has died in Michigan that sought to exempt trucks
delivering heating fuel from seasonal weight restrictions during the time of
year when loads are subject to freeze and thaw cycles.
The bill - HB5637 - would have offered a weight exemption
for vehicles hauling heating fuel during the months of March, April and May. It
also would have provided for an annual permit for the delivery of heating fuel
and public utility work in non-emergency situations.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm indirectly vetoed the effort by
refusing to sign it by the deadline to act on legislation forwarded to her. The
bill won widespread support in the state's House and Senate during the legislative
session that ended late last year.
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 have cost
up to $100 per vehicle.