Gov. Whitmer extends orders enabling remote transactions and easing fuel tax

Posted at 10:44 PM, May 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 07:21:04-04

LANSING (WXYZ) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed two new executive orders Tuesday that extend orders made in April that enable remote transactions and fuel tax requirements for transporting essential personnel and supplies.

“As we continue to flatten the COVID-19 curve, we must take all measures to avoid in-person contact and ensure we can transport front-line personnel and essential supplies quickly, efficiently and where they’re needed most,” Whitmer said. “These executive orders will help us slow further spread of this deadly disease and protect Michigan families.”

More specifically, the orders:

  • (EO 2020-73) Continue to temporarily allow e-signatures on official documents and remote notarizations to avoid unnecessary in-person contact.
  • (EO 2020-74) Continue to temporarily suspend licensing, decal and trip permit requirements used by the Department of Treasury to collect taxes owed by motor carriers.

The order extensions take effect immediately, the governor's office said.

Executive Order 2020-73 (for motor carriers) continues through June 2, while Executive Order 2020-74 goes through June 30.

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