Jones’ trucking length bill sent to the governor

Legislation would help bring 300 jobs to Shiawassee County

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — The governor could soon sign legislation sponsored by Sen. Rick Jones to help a trucking company bring hundreds of jobs to Shiawassee County. The measure was sent to the governor by the Senate after the House unanimously approved the bill earlier on Tuesday.

“I was happy to work with Wheeler Trucking and Representative Ben Glardon to bring 300 well-paying jobs to Shiawassee County,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “I want to thank my House colleagues for standing up for Michigan families, and I look forward to seeing the governor sign this bill to remove an unnecessary obstacle to a major business expansion by a local job provider.”

Wheeler Trucking wants to build a new truck center in New Lothrop. Jones and Glardon, R-Owosso, worked with the company to address a problem it had in Michigan delivering new semitrucks across the country.

“We should repeal archaic rules and laws in our state so Michigan workers have access to opportunities and good jobs,” Jones said. “Michigan was the only state to ticket Wheeler trucks for their length because Michigan’s law was artificially set shorter than car haulers.”

Senate Bill 274 would make Michigan’s artificially short length on truck hauling more in line with federal regulations.

Years ago, Michigan artificially changed its length requirement for truck hauling, making it shorter than the requirement for hauling cars. Wheeler Trucking has said their truckers get tickets for being over the limit, and without a change, they might have to move their operations to another state.

The bill has been sent to the governor for consideration.