By Keith Goble
state legislative editor
As state legislative editor here at Land Line Magazine I consume a steady diet of legislative efforts from all over the nation on a daily basis. To spread the word to truckers and others with a rooting interest in the industry, I do my best to cover as many topics as possible.
I’ve found there are many topics of great relevance that pique the interest of truckers. That’s no surprise, I know. Topics like higher fuel taxes, tolls, split speed limits, lane restrictions and idling rules are at or near the top of my watch list. The reasons are obvious. But I’ve found there is one topic not included on that short list that by far and away evokes passion from Land Line Magazine readers and listeners of “Land Line Now.” The topic that never fails to rile up folks is whether truckers and other drivers should be required to remove snow and ice from their vehicles before heading out on roadways.
Each year in recent history there has been at least one state seeking to make removal of the wintry precipitation mandatory. Since the calendar turned over to 2008 lawmakers in at least four states in the Northeast are pursuing such requirements – Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.
Truckers and others in the industry say the rule would be nearly impossible to comply with. They also cite concerns about requiring people to climb atop large vehicles to remove snow or ice.
Supporters say they don’t buy that argument. Requiring drivers to climb atop their vehicles to remove snow or ice amounts to nothing more than “minor inconveniences” that are outweighed by the positives, they say.
In fact, one option I’ve heard mentioned to help truckers clear their tractor-trailers is to rig a pulley system that would hoist drivers skyward. That sounds simple enough, doesn’t it?
Now let’s solve the highway funding issue. LL