MICHIGAN VEHICLE CODE (EXCERPT)
Act 300 of 1949
257.6 “Chauffeur” defined.
(1) Except as otherwise provided in subsection (3), “chauffeur” means any of the following:
(a) A person who operates a motor vehicle as a motor common carrier of property or a motor contract carrier of property as defined in section 1(f) and (h) of the motor carrier act, 1933 PA 254, MCL 475.1, or a motor carrier of passengers as defined in section 3 of the motor bus transportation act, 1982 PA 432, MCL 474.103.
(b) A person who is employed for the principal purpose of operating a motor vehicle with a GVWR of 10,000 pounds or more.
(c) A person who operates a bus or school bus.
(d) A person who operates a taxi.
(e) A person who operates a limousine as defined by section 3 of the limousine transportation act, 1990 PA 271, MCL 257.1903.
(2) For purposes of subsection (1)(b), a person shall be considered to be employed for the principal purpose of operating a motor vehicle when the person's employment customarily involves the necessary use of a motor vehicle for hire or for transporting passengers for hire, or for transporting for gain or hire any merchandise for display, sale, or delivery.
(3) “Chauffeur” does not include any of the following:
(a) A farmer or an employee of a farmer operating a vehicle exclusively in connection with the farming operations of the farmer.
(b) A fire fighter or a member of a fire department operating an ambulance.
(c) Emergency medical services personnel operating an ambulance. As used in this subdivision, “emergency medical services personnel” means that term as defined in section 20904 of the public health code, 1978 PA 368, MCL 333.20904.
(d) State transportation department employees whose work consists of operating vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or more for the purpose of transporting highway and bridge maintenance materials and supplies for all aspects of state trunkline maintenance, including winter maintenance and facilities maintenance.
(e) County road commission employees and other employees of local units of government who do not drive their own vehicles and whose work consists of hauling road building materials and supplies for the road commission or for other municipal purposes.
(f) A person operating a motor vehicle for a volunteer program who only receives reimbursement for the costs of operating the motor vehicle.
(g) A person who operates a motor home for personal pleasure.
(h) A parent or parent's designee for the purpose of transporting pupils to or from school and school related events.
History: 1949, Act 300, Eff. Sept. 23, 1949
Am. 1980, Act 154, Imd. Eff. June 12, 1980
Am. 1990, Act 188, Eff. Aug. 15, 1990
Am. 1992, Act 134, Eff. Oct. 1, 1992
Am. 1992, Act 297, Imd. Eff. Dec. 18, 1992
Am. 2002, Act 534, Eff. Oct. 1, 2002
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