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TRUCKING DEREGULATION BILL APPROVED BY MICHIGAN SENATE

 LANSING, Mich., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- A major step toward deregulating part of the state's trucking industry was approved by the Michigan Senate today.
 Senate Bill 581 (S-4) will deregulate long-term contract truck hauling, but still allowing regulation of so-called "common carriage" was approve by the Senate today.
 "This landmark legislation will enhance safety and is a first step toward eliminating economic regulation of the motor carrier industry in Michigan," said Ron Thompson, of Spartan Stores, Inc. and president of the Association for Safe and Competitive Transportation (ASCT). ASCT has been working for five years to help deregulate portions of the state's trucking industry.
 The sponsor of the bill, Sen. Dave Honigman (R-West Bloomfield), said this important piece of legislation could very well become a model which other states will follow.
 As did federal truck deregulation in 1980, this bill emphasizes the use of contracts rather than common carriage to move freight and gain efficiencies. The bill allows safe and fit trucking companies to begin contract carrier business immediately without the interference of protesting trucking competitors. The bill is a compromise between interest groups favoring extensive deregulation of the industry and those who favor continuing the status quo.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: For more information on the legislation,
 CONTACT: Ron Thompson of the Association for Safe and Competitive Transportation, 616-878-2662; or Kristine Stano of Marketing Resource Group, 517-372-4400, for the Association for Safe and Competitive Transportation/


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