Whitmer signs order restricting price gouging, MDOT lifts weight restrictions for trucks supporting COVID-19 relief

Posted by The Huron Hub on Sunday, March 15, 2020

Governor Whitmer signed an order today temporarily imposing enhanced restrictions on excessive pricing of goods, materials, emergency supplies, and consumer food items.

Executive Order 2020-8 says if a business or individual has acquired any product from a retailer, the business or individual must not resell that product in Michigan at a price that is grossly in excess of the purchase price of the product.

Additionally, the order says a business or individual must not offer for sale or sell any product in Michigan at a price that is more than 20 percent higher than what the business or individual offered or charged for that product as of March 9, 2020, unless the business or individual demonstrates that the price increase is attributable to an increase in the cost of bringing the product to market.

The restrictions go into effect on March 16, 2020 at 9 a.m., and will remain in place until April 13, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

“We will continue to take every measure we can to mitigate the spread of coronavirus and protect Michigan families,” said Whitmer. “In these challenging times, we need to come together as Michiganders. This order will help protect consumers from price gouging. Additionally, I’m working jointly with the Attorney General to enforce these orders, to protect consumers, and to hold bad actors accountable. We will get through this together.”

MDOT lifts weight restrictions for trucks supporting COVID-19 relief

The Michigan Department of Transportation announced Sunday that the department will exempt motor carriers and drivers providing direct assistance in support of relief efforts related to the COVID-19 outbreaks from seasonal weight restrictions.

“Knowing the importance of getting food and other supplies to retailers during this time, we are taking steps to ensure carriers can make deliveries as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said MDOT Director Paul C. Ajegba. “We are going to get through this by working together and taking collective action for the greater good.”

MDOT said Michigan law, MCL 257.722 Sec (10) allows the state transportation department, or a local authority with respect to highways under its jurisdiction, to suspend these restrictions when necessary for the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

Direct assistance according to MDOT means transportation and other relief services provided by a motor carrier or its driver to the immediate restoration of essential services, such as medical care, or essential supplies such as food, related to COVID-19 outbreaks during the emergency.

For current and up-to-date information regarding the Coronavirus, visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.



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