Michigan bills cover rolling stock, HOS

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 9/24/2012

Two truck issues that are getting attention at the Michigan statehouse cover rolling stock and hours-of-service regulations for certain haulers.

The Senate Finance Committee voted to advance two bills that are supposed to clarify the definition of rolling stock in sales-tax and use-tax exemption to include aftermarket parts added to trucks and trailers operating interstate, such as in-cab heaters, auxiliary power units and GPS devices.

The first bill would expand a sales tax exemption on purchases or leases of rolling stock by an interstate operation. HB5444 would apply the exemption to any equipment directly used in a truck or trailer’s operation.

The other bill – HB5445 – would apply the same exemption from the use tax for the storage, use or consumption of rolling stock.

According to the legislative analysis, the changes sought in the bills would result in a “likely minimal amount” of lost revenue for the state.

The bill package now moves to the Senate floor. If approved there, they would head to the governor’s desk. House lawmakers already approved the bills.

Another bill on the move at the statehouse would throw out hours-of-service regulations for intrastate carriers in seasonal construction service.

Currently, Michigan law may not permit or require intrastate operations focused on seasonal construction-related activities to work more than 12 hours or be on duty more than 16 hours in any day, or be in operation after being on duty 80 hours in the previous eight days.

The House Transportation Committee voted to advance a bill to eliminate the restrictions.

Sponsored by Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, the bill awaits further consideration on the House floor. If approved there, HB5730 would move to the Senate.

An identical Senate bill – SB1154 – is in the Senate Transportation Committee.

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