Missouri House Bill Would Block Nuisance Lawsuits Against Commercial Trucks

Date: February 28, 2017

 

One bill being considered in Jefferson City could eliminate a problem for businesses before it even develops.

House Bill 791 was recently heard by the House Local Government Committee, and it would be a preemptive strike against lawsuits involving trucks. Under the proposal, commercial motor vehicles that are following approved and municipally-designated traffic routes would be exempt from requirements stemming from nuisance legal claims.

This bill came about as a result of a situation in Kansas City, where a quarry in the area has been given a specific route that trucks must follow to do business. However, a group of citizens living along this truck route have filed a nuisance lawsuit against the quarry. If the citizens prevail, despite no issues with dust or noise, businesses of all kinds could be opened up to lawsuits if trucks are used to deliver goods and materials. HB 791 would prevent this from becoming a problem.

NFIB/MO and several other business groups support this bill.

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