I hate to be the bearer of bad news - trust me, I'd love this bill to end all the regs as much as anyone - but please read the language of the bill itself. Google "Michigan HB5228" and find it on the legislature site. Section 1a(3) is the changed portion, and the wording is very confusing but clear in its intent. What is being passed is not what we are all hoping for. It only exempts vehicles under the 26k threshold from Sections 390, 395 & 396 of the Federal Motor Carrier Act. In broad terms, these sections only cover 1) the requirement to have a US DOT number, 2) Drivers hours of service, and 3) Inspection and maintenance reporting. The bill explicitly keeps Sections 391, 392 and 393 of the FMCA in place for all trucks over 10k lbs. These are the sections regulating, in general, 1) medical cards for the drivers, 2) roadside equipment inspections, including fire extinguishers & triangles, brakes, towing, lamps, etc, and 3) the cell phone prohibition. Sorry, but we are all being royally screwed here. The only real benefit this "relief" we were promised is going to change in our daily lives is the the DOT numbers can come off the trucks. Nothing else will change and we are still going to get victimized by the CE officers just as bad as ever. There is a second bill that the Farm Bureau is lobbying for that would make these tickets all "fix-its" and take any fine money away from the local level. This is the one we need to pass to actually change the problems we are facing. Unfortunately, this second bill has not even been introduced yet and at the moment has a near zero chance of going through. If we have any chance at all, everyone needs to talk to their rep & senator and explain how we are getting screwed over, how HB5228 does nothing to help us, and what we need to get true relief. The Republicans have dominating control over the Michigan Senate, which gives me hope that by some slim chance someone will amend this bill in senate committee and make it work for us. HB5228 as passed is absolute crap. If you care about this, keep watching this bill's progress in senate committee and urge your own senator to amend this bill. If you belong to the MNLA, they are lobbying for us -- call them and tell them how this bill needs to be fixed before it passes through the senate committee.