Starting in October 2010, all vehicles on New Jersey roads will be required to make “reasonable” efforts to clean off ice and snow from their cars and trucks. Those failing to do so will be fined between $25-$75 per violation.
Yes, this new law will prevent injury and property damage caused by snow flying off the roof of vehicles, but expecting drivers to risk their neck climbing up on top of their trailer to shovel snow is downright delusional. Mechanized de-icing equipment is obviously the preferred solution, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a truck stop or service station near your route that has one, and those that have them aren’t cheap.
Truckers will be glad to know that New Jersey has a plan for buying more truck deicing equipment, but this is where things become truly despicable: new equipment purchases will be funded with the fines collected under this law. Unless the snow removal equipment is purchased with general state funds, this law amounts to an underhanded tax scheme that forces truckers to pay for the equipment out of their own pockets.
Additional details about the law:
- Drivers will not be fined more than once per day
- Drivers that have cleaned their vehicle of snow before heading out will not be fined for snow that accumulates while driving
- Violations result in $25-$75 fines, but no points will be added to the license
Source: Herald News
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