LANSING, MI – Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed a bill to allow auto dealers more flexibility in their hours of operation, his office said in a press release.
SB 128, which will amend the Michigan Vehicle Code to allow auto dealers greater ability to accommodate necessary closings, was enacted Thursday.
Currently, Michigan car dealerships must be open at least 30 hours per week for 52 weeks each year. The current requirement poses a challenge for auto dealers to deal with emergencies, vacations and other necessary closures, the governor’s office said. Under recently signed legislation, new and used car dealerships can be opened for less than the current minimum of 30 hours for up to four weeks per year.
Dealers will be able to close for several days or more in a single week to allow vacations during off-peak periods, for repairs or equipment upgrades.
“I am happy to sign legislation that supports our small businesses and puts Michigan first,” Whitmer said in a statement. “Senate Bill 128 lifts restrictions on Michigan auto dealerships without compromising opportunities for consumers. This bill is a prime example of the positive difference we can make for the Michiganders. “
The bill will require posted hours to be at least 30 hours per week for at least 48 weeks per year. Fifteen of the 30 hours per week are expected to be between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, according to a House Fiscal Agency analysis.
The law allows a dealership to change their posted hours to less than the required 30 hours per week, but only for a maximum of four weeks. Dealers must notify the Department of State at least seven days prior to the change.
“We applaud Governor Whitmer for signing this common sense legislation which will provide many small independent auto dealers with much needed regulatory relief and flexibility in the event of an emergency and give them the ability to plan for further temporary shutdowns.” , said Otto Hahne, owner of City. of Cars in Troy, and president of the Michigan Independent Automobile Dealers Association.
The bill will come into force after 60 days.
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