Commercial Trucks Will Face Fines If Snow Not Removed

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While non-commercial motorists are already subject to fines for failing to clear snow or ice from their vehicles, commercial drivers will also be responsible for doing the same effective December 31.

The drivers of commercial vehicles, which are being driven with snow or ice on the hood, trunk or roof, will be subject to a minimum fine of $75. If their negligence results in damage to another vehicle or property, the fine will range from $500 to $1,250. The fines will carry a penalty of a motor vehicle infraction.

Some truckers have already begun taking corrective measures by climbing on the roof and shoveling it off. But, that can be extremely dangerous.

Mike Riley, of the Motor Transport Association of Connecticut, says he thinks it’s time trailer manufacturers figure out some sort of onboard technology that will make this an issue of the past. Until then, he has a fairly cheap response to this new law. It’s called the Rowe Roof Rake, which was developed by a Michigan trucker. It is a collapsible aluminum rake, weighing several pounds. It sells for approximately $150.

When this legislation passed in 2010, Bailey’s Express, a trucking firm in of Middletown, took action by investing approximately $10,000 in a snow removal system for their trucks. The trailers are driven beneath a v-shaped device, with rubber blades, which clear the trailer top in seconds. Following this weekend’s snow, Bailey’s was able to make 60 trailers debris free in a span of just 3 hours.

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  • Bill Traub

    Can drivers be required to climb on top of trailers? NO. OSHA laws apply. Can a driver refuse to pull a trailer for ANY safety reasons? YES. Fair Labor Relations Board. NO driver can be terminated for refusing to transport a vehicle if the driver determines the vehicle to be unsafe; much the same as any safety issues like tires, lights, breaks…

    Problem for the DRIVER solved. Now, this will revert back to the shipper and carriers.

  • Rick

    Cleaning off snow on roof of dropped trailer at customer for period of time should be shipper/consigne responsibilty . Not driver if trailers are not sitting snow will not build up. Driver should inspect and use proper and safe judgement before going down the road.

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