JITNEY OPERATION IN MUNICIPALITIES

House Bill 5724

Sponsor: Rep. Tom McMillin

Committee: Transportation

Complete to 6-5-12

A SUMMARY OF HOUSE BILL 5724 AS INTRODUCED 6-1-12

The bill would specify that a municipality could not prohibit the operation or use of a jitney. The bill would also prohibit a municipality from requiring a jitney to do the following:

                    Observe safety regulations that do not apply to other privately owned vehicles.

                    Purchase a franchise or surety bond.

                    Regulate the prices, hours of operation, or route of a jitney.

The bill would define a "jitney" to mean a privately owned, shared ride service using a vehicle that is capable of carrying up to 12 passengers, traveling a semi-fixed route at least once per week. The term does not include a limousine to which the Limousine Transportation Act (MCL 257.1901 et al.) applies. The term "municipalities" would be defined to mean a county, village, city, or township, or subdivision or instrumentality of a county, village, city or township.

FISCAL IMPACT:

A fiscal analysis is in process.

Legislative Analyst: E. Best

Fiscal Analyst: William E. Hamilton

This analysis was prepared by nonpartisan House staff for use by House members in their deliberations, and does not constitute an official statement of legislative intent.