The Michigan House recently approved a plan introduced by state Rep. Triston Cole to allow the state to recover up to $5 million if a commercial carrier strikes and damages a road or bridge.
Under current Michigan law the state can recover only up to $1 million in property liability insurance if a commercial carrier damages a bridge or road.
“Michigan residents work hard for their money, and there’s nothing worse than having taxpayers foot the bill because a truck damages a bridge,” said Cole, of Mancelona. “This plan ensures that if a semi-truck crashes into a bridge, taxpayers will not be hit with the damages.”
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration already requires commercial freight carriers to maintain $750,000 to $5 million in property liability insurance.
House Bill 6484 now moves to the Senate for consideration.