Report: Lawmaker ‘drives auto mechanic licensing update’ through Michigan House
State law intends to require mechanics to have a special certification to work on larger commercial trucks because they typically have more advanced components.
Markkanen (R- Hancock) said his plan updates the law to more accurately reflect the larger size of modern pickup trucks and make sure a special certificate is not required to service a pickup.
“When the current rules were established, it made sense to classify any vehicle weighing more than 10,000 pounds as a heavy-duty truck that requires the special certificate,” Markkanen said. “Now, many pickup trucks weigh more than 10,000 pounds – and their engines, transmissions and other components are not any different than the mechanics in smaller cars and trucks.”