traveling through the Northeast who don’t clean up the snow
and ice on their rigs could get their wallets cleaned out.
of the states that were hit by this week’s snowstorm have
laws requiring all vehicles to clean snow and ice off before
they hit the road. If they don’t, and that ice flies off
the truck and hits another vehicle, they could face a fine.
Toth, president of the New Jersey Motor Truck Association,
said that in her state, if the ice causes damage or injures
anyone, the trucker involved could face a fine ranging from
$500 to $1,500. Fines for cars run from $200 to $1,000.
of the New England states have the same laws that we do,” Toth
said. The New Jersey law requires that both snow and ice
be removed from the roofs and hoods of both cars and trucks.
New Jersey law was passed, in part, because of an incident
several years ago in which a massive sheet of ice flew off
the top of a truck and into the windshield of a car, decapitating
truck lanes are the pits,” she said. “I feel sorry for the
other truckdrivers. You’re talking about 12 by 12 foot slabs
of ice flying right into your windshield.”
Jersey state police will hand out flyers regarding the rules
at truckstops and weigh stations in the state.
Mark H. Reddig, associate editor