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Michigan Solid Waste Act -- Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451 Part 115.  This comprehensive law covers various aspects of solid waste management including definitions, municipal solid waste management program certification procedures, landfill construction permits and licensing, inspections, and planning agency procedures.  Part 115 was amended in March 2004 by several key pieces of legislation (Public Acts 34 to 44) that impact municipal solid waste imported from other states and Canada.  The primary purposes of these changes were to assure that Michigan landfill capacity will not be depleted by wastes which do not require landfilling (e.g., yard clippings, recyclable materials, used tires) and to protect the environment from incompatible wastes (e.g., medical waste, low-level radioactive waste, liquid waste, hazardous waste, used oil).

Michigan Hazardous Waste Act -- Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451 Part 111.  This comprehensive law covers various aspects of hazardous waste management including definitions, the state hazardous waste management plan, permitting process, fees, and procedural aspects of implementation.  Certain aspects of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Subtitle C are adopted by reference.

Michigan Vehicle Code

The U.S. Congress passed the Motor Carrier Safety Act in 1984. The Act directed the Secretary of Transportation to determine the safety fitness of all motor carriers, subject to federal regulations, operating in interstate commerce. In 1990, Michigan adopted the regulations resulting from the Motor Carrier Safety Act of 1984 for motor carriers operating in intrastate commerce.  Additional requirements are also contained in the Michigan Vehicle Code and, in some instances, the "Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations."

The rules and regulations governing the operation of trucks establish minimum safety and record keeping requirements that carriers and drivers must meet. These requirements include, but are not limited to, qualification of drivers; proper licensing of vehicles and drivers; insurance; driver drug and alcohol testing programs; accident recording; driver's hours of service; hazardous material handling and training; vehicle maintenance and inspection; and vehicle loading and weight require­ments. Failure to meet these minimum requirements subjects both carriers and drivers to civil and criminal penalties.

Motor carrier rules have been summarized in a publication referred to as the Truck Drivers Guidebook through a project funded by the Michigan Truck Safety Commission. 

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Go to Electronic version of Truck Drivers Guidebook


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