Posted: August 1, 2014
TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey could become the first state in the U.S. to fine truckers and four-wheel operators for not clearing snow and ice from their vehicles.
According to local reports, the N.J. Assembly Transportation Committee unanimously approved (11-0) a bill — over the objections of the regional trucking association — that would require snow and ice removal before traveling on the road.
The legislation must pass through both houses and be signed by the governor, all of which is expected to happen.
Fines could be as much as $75 for each violation. And the penalty for snow and ice that injures someone or damaged property rises by $500 to $1,500.
Several jurisdictions have considered similar legislation, but the push has been hardest in New Jersey.
Earlier this month, the American Trucking Association acknowledged that falling snow and ice from moving vehicles is a safety concern that should be addressed by industry.
It did point out, however, that clearing snow from the top of trailers is dangerous for drivers and the cost of snow-removal equipment could be problematic for smaller fleets.