Michigan bill would trim bond amounts for truck weight violations

| 9/26/2007

A bill in the Michigan House that is intended to lessen the potential blow for truck weight violations could come up for consideration in the time left before the regular session ends.

State law mandates that truck owners or drivers must pay overweight fines based on the weight of the excess load and its distribution. If the person doesn’t immediately pay the fine or post a bond in an amount double the fine, the vehicle must be impounded.

Sponsored by Sen. Alan Sanborn, R-Richmond, the bill would eliminate the requirement to double bond amounts. Instead, bonds posted for overweight vehicles would be for the amount of the fines.

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. The Senate previously approved it.

It must pass through the House and Senate before the Legislature finishes up their work by the end of the year.

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– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor