Missouri bills would promote idling reduction, repeal HHG mover reg

| 1/29/2008

Two bills in the Missouri General Assembly are of interest to household goods haulers and truckers who want to reduce the amount of time they spend idling their rigs.                        

Rep. Jay Wasson, R-Nixa, has introduced a bill that would offer an incentive to truck drivers to reduce idling. The measure would allow truckers to take advantage of an income tax credit made available by Congress in 2005.

The bill – HB1699 – would create a tax credit for installing idle reduction technology. The credit would be equal to 50 percent of the amount of purchase and installation on class 8 trucks – up to $3,500 per truck.

The tax credits would be capped at $15 million per year and $30 million for the duration of the program. Individuals and businesses based in the state would be eligible.

The provision would sunset Jan. 1, 2010, bringing the program to an end at that time.

Another bill would repeal state law that was intended to aid household movers in the state.

Gov. Matt Blunt signed a bill into law last year that includes a provision allowing common carriers of household goods to file applications to the State Highways and Transportation Commission for approval of rates to reflect increases and decreases in the carrier’s costs. It took effect Aug. 28, 2007, after winning widespread support in the General Assembly.

Sen. John Griesheimer, R-Washington, has introduced a bill that would reinstate the previous rules. Griesheimer’s bill – SB903 – also would restore an exemption that was eliminated in the legislation signed by the governor.

The exemption allowed “household goods movers to operate wholly in municipalities, between contiguous municipalities, or commercial zones” without having to obtain operating authority from the Missouri Department of Transportation. Until fall 2007, household goods movers were exempt from the rules and regulations if their operations were restricted to those described areas.

Griesheimer’s bill is in the House Transportation Committee. Wasson’s bill is awaiting assignment to committee in the House.

To view other legislative activities of interest for Missouri in 2008, click here.

– Keith Goble, state legislative editor