Michigan bills cover company logo, electronic proof of insurance

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 10/4/2013

A Michigan Senate panel voted to advance a pair of bills that would require fewer commercial vehicles to display company information and make available electronic proof of vehicle insurance.

The Senate Transportation Committee approved a bill that would require fewer commercial vehicles to display the company’s information or registered logo.

Currently, commercial vehicles weighing more than 5,000 pounds must include the information or logo on each side of the vehicle. Violators face $58 fines, including court costs. The revenue benefits public libraries and state troopers.

SB277 would change the threshold to all commercial vehicles in excess of 26,000 pounds.

In addition, an exemption would end for trucks with a farm or manufacturer license plate that weighs less than 10,000 pounds.

Another bill to advance from the committee would help truckers and other drivers avoid digging through the glove box to locate the insurance card.

SB392 would allow drivers to provide law enforcement officers with electronic proof of insurance on smartphones and other similar devices when prompted. Drivers would no longer be required to have the traditional paper proof of insurance to avoid a ticket.

The option for digital proof of insurance is growing in popularity. More and more insurance companies offer apps for customers to download on electronic devices.

According to the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, 27 states have adopted the policy. Seventeen states have approved electronic proof in 2013.

SB392 and SB277 await further consideration on the Senate floor. If approved there, the bills would head to the House.

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