I authored a bill this session to legalize the use of mini trucks on Minnesota roadways. It did not pass on its own, but elements of that bill passed the House as an amendment to the Omnibus Transportation Policy Bill today.
The use of mini trucks is growing and this amendment would allow them to be driven on county roads, but not on state highways or interstates. The amendment is a step in the right direction, but it does not go far enough as far as I’m concerned.
The biggest shortcoming I see is that drivers would need to obtain a permit from all counties in which they travel. It would be cumbersome to obtain permits from various counties to travel just a short distance.
We will address this subject again next session, but at least we’ve made some progress.
If you are not familiar with mini trucks, here’s a photo gallery: http://www.allterrainminitrucks.com/photo-gallery-japanese-mini-trucks.html
Until next time,