Before wrapping up their work for the year, the Michigan Legislature approved a bill that is of interest to truckers.
The state’s House voted unanimously to advance a bill to Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s desk that would authorize the state to implement and administer the Unified Carrier Registration Act. It is a federal act that replaced the Single State Registration System.
UCR includes a fee structure that switches from the old per-truck basis to a per-carrier basis that is the same for all member states. Truckers will no longer have to pick and choose states, as they do with the SSRS. One fee will cover all states.
Sponsored by Sen. Jud Gilbert, R-Algonac, the measure – SB1451 – received unanimous consent in the Senate last summer.
According to a fiscal impact statement on the bill, failure to adopt the new fee structure could cost the state its share of interstate motor carrier fees, which is about $7.5 million annually.
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– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor