Road Funding Finds New Target With Horse-Drawn Vehicles
Amish community, tourism are targets of $50 per carriage registration fee
Add horse-drawn buggies to the list of vehicles targeted for increased fees in Michigan.
House Bill 4965, which was introduced by State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, would allow counties to charge a $50 registration fee for horse-drawn vehicles. The bill says the money can only be used for road repairs.
But $50 won’t cover actual road repairs and at least one advocate for the horse drawn vehicles in the state says the bill targets the Amish and tourism in Michigan.
Largely, the bill would target the Amish community across Michigan, which uses public roads with their buggies. The Amish America website says Michigan has the sixth-largest Amish population in the nation at 11,000.
Gov. Rick Snyder earlier this year said the state needed more than $1 billion in additional spending to improve roads and infrastructure across the state. He proposed increasing auto registration fees and raising fuel taxes to achieve much of that.
A copy of the bill follows. Please contact your Representative to express you opinion on this bill.
HOUSE BILL No. 4965
September 12, 2013, Introduced by Rep. Johnson and referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
A bill to amend 1949 PA 300, entitled
“Michigan vehicle code,”
(MCL 257.1 to 257.923) by adding section 801k.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:
(1) A COUNTY, BY ORDINANCE, MAY CHARGE A FEE NOT TO
EXCEED $50.00 FOR REGISTRATION OF A HORSE-DRAWN VEHICLE WITHIN THAT COUNTY. A COUNTY MAY CHARGE THE FEE AUTHORIZED IN THIS SUBSECTION ONLY UPON THE APPROVAL OF A MAJORITY OF THE ELECTORS IN THAT COUNTY VOTING ON THE QUESTION AT AN ELECTION HELD ON A REGULAR ELECTION DATE AS PROVIDED IN SECTION 641 OF THE MICHIGAN ELECTION LAW, 1954 PA 116, MCL 168.641.
(2) A FEE CHARGED UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL BE USED ONLY FOR ROAD REPAIR AS DETERMINED BY THE COUNTY.
(3) AS USED IN THIS SECTION, “HORSE-DRAWN VEHICLE” MEANS A
NONMOTORIZED VEHICLE POWERED BY AN ANIMAL WITHIN THE EQUINE FAMILY.