How do Transportation matters come to MAHS?
Following an enforcement action, by the Michigan Department of Transportation, an affected party may request a hearing on the enforcement action. That enforcement action is typically by: "correspondence", "report", or "order" issued by the respective bureau or division of the Department of Transportation.
What types of Transportation hearings does MAHS hold?
The subject matter of the hearings varies and may involve railroad cases, highway advertising cases, and additional assorted highway cases - including topics of eminent domain, traffic standards, and contractor compliance. The hearings are similar to trial-type hearings in the general court system. The parties involved are the Department of Transportation as the Responding party, and the Petitioner being the party subject to the correspondence, report, or order.
What authority does MAHS have in this process?
MAHS has the authority to enter final decisions. Appeals from the final decisions of the Administrative Law Judges are made to the Circuit Courts, in the Circuit where the action arose.
What if a party has a question? To whom should they direct it?
Inquiries should be directed to the involved division within the Department of Transportation. The parties may be able to resolve differences prior to the hearing through in-person or telephone conferences. No direct contact with the Michigan Administrative Hearing System should be made, as MAHS must remain impartial, and contact with one party is impermissible. Visit the Department of Transportation website for contact information, as well as other significant information.