Connecticut bill would open commuter lots to big rigs

| 3/19/2002

A bill reluctantly endorsed by the Connecticut Legislature's House Transportation Committee would let tractor-trailers park in commuter lots and roadside weigh stations. Raised Bill 5529 is in response to the shortage of parking spots for trucks, especially along Interstate 95, where an estimated 1,200 truckers can't find anywhere to park each night, according to a state study.

Raised Bill 5529 would let trucks use any commuter parking lot or official weigh station in the state for the purpose of parking and resting.

According to The Hartford Courant, several lawmakers on the transportation committee have slammed the proposed bill, particularly the idea that trucks may end up idling all night in commuter lots near people's homes.