Mike Leavitt recently signed two bills into law impacting truckers.
HB235, a bill designed to protect highway patrol and other emergency
personnel during roadside stops, requires drivers of all highway
vehicles to maintain a safe distance and reduce speed when approaching
an emergency vehicle, tow truck or highway maintenance vehicle
parked by the road with their lights flashing.
law requires drivers to merge into the furthest lane away from
an emergency vehicle, if practical, with regard to safety and
traffic conditions. It also requires all drivers to yield the
right of way and move toward the right-hand edge or curb of
the highway and stop upon the approach of an emergency vehicle
using audible or visual signals.
bill (SB52) prohibits tractor-trailers, with some exceptions,
from driving in the left lane of three-lane highways in certain
areas. The new law allows the state Transportation Department
or local authorities to designate specific lanes of travel for
any type of vehicle on a highway or portion of a highway under
their jurisdiction. Any driver found in violation of the restriction
will be charged with a misdemeanor.