State Rep. Triston Cole of Mancelona testified Tuesday in the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in support of his bill to allow applicants to obtain an annual oversized vehicle transport permit.
“Traditionally the driver would have to permit the trailer and every piece of equipment individually that it hauls each time it travels,” said Rep. Cole, committee chair. “As a truck driver, I find this practice to be cumbersome and unnecessary. This bill simplifies the permitting process for vehicles that routinely carry oversized equipment or exceed weight requirements.”
Transport permits currently are only issued for vehicles carrying individual loads, which cannot reasonably be reduced in size or transported by other means. There are single trip permits and extended permits. Single trip permits may be issued for a five-day period and valid for one trip only. Extended permits may be issued on an annual basis and are issued based on the vehicle load being transported.
Henry Schienebeck, president of the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association, and Jessie Augustyn testified in support of the bill.
House Bill 4644 remains under the Michigan House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.