Michigan Senate OKs bill to trim bond amounts for truck weight violations

| Monday, August 06, 2007

A bill in Michigan intends to lessen the potential blow on the pocketbooks of truck owners or drivers for truck weight violations.

State law mandates vehicles loaded and driven or moved on highways when overweight the owner or driver pay a fine based on the weight of the excess load and its distribution. If the person doesn’t immediately pay the fine or post bond in an amount double the fine, the vehicle must be impounded.

The Senate unanimously approved a bill that would eliminate the requirement to double bond amounts. Instead, bonds posted for overweight vehicles would be for the amount of the fines. The bill has moved to the House for further consideration.

Bill supporters say there is no reason for the bond to be double the amount of the actual fine. They say it places an unreasonable burden on drivers or owners while they contest violations because they never will owe more than the amount of the fine.

The bill – SB492 – also establishes standards for truck weighing scales. It is awaiting consideration in the House Transportation Committee. If approved there, the bill would move to the House floor before it could head to the governor’s desk.

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