Legislation increases productivity
The Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee today approved legislation authored by state Rep. Scott VanSingel to exempt vehicles towing trailers from having to stop at a weigh station.
An example of this type of vehicle would be an employee of a lawn care company driving a pickup truck or van towing a trailer with equipment.
Currently, pickup trucks and vans operated as commercial vehicles are required to stop at a weigh station.
“The goal for vehicles to stop at a weigh station is to check for weight violations,” said VanSingel, of Grant. “Commercially used pickup trucks and vans towing trailers are rarely, if ever, even close to their maximum weight.”
VanSingel’s bill also clarifies that the driver of a semi-truck who fails to stop at a weigh station will be issued a ticket instead of being charged with a misdemeanor.
House Bill 5090 moves to the full House for consideration.