More States Want Snow & Ice Off Trucks
With winter in full swing across the United States, snow and ice is not only a problem on roadways, but accumulated snow/ice on the vehicles that travel them. This concern has prompted Senior Senator Lisa Boscola of Pennsylvania to reintroduce a bill that would allow the police to stop a trucker if they believe snow or ice accumulated on a truck poses a threat to persons or property.
The bill's language contends that any driver of a vehicle of gross weight exceeding 48,000 pounds has “an affirmative duty to make all reasonable efforts to remove all accumulated ice or snow from the motor vehicle,” including the roofs of tractors and trailers.
The bill states that those cited for operating with accumulated snow and/or ice -- regardless of whether or not it came loose -- would be fined $25 - 75 per instance. Additionally, “when ice or snow falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury,” the driver would be fined no less than $200 and up to $1,000 for each offense.
Boscola said the bill is “about safety and responsibility. Safety for motorists and truckers alike as well as responsibility for freight and shipping companies to be a good corporate neighbor and to install appropriate snow removal equipment.”
You can see the bill for yourself http://www.scribd.com/doc/297506789/Senate-Bill-94.