handful of proposals in the Connecticut General Assembly targeting truckers in
the name of safety have met their demise.
proposed legislation sought to require:
That trucks drive slower than other vehicles;
That trucks stay to the right on multilane highways;
That the Greenwich weigh station be open more frequently to increase truck inspections; and
That trucks be prohibited from using engine brakes.
of the proposals remained in the Joint Transportation Committee past the
deadline for bills to pass out of the panel.
effort offered by Rep. Steve Jarmoc would have limited large trucks to 55 mph
on rural interstates. Currently, tractor-trailers driving those stretches of
highway can travel up to 65 mph – the same limit as all other vehicles.
plan from Jarmoc, D-Enfield, called for forcing trucks to use only the far
right-hand lane on multilane highways.
Andrew McDonald, D-Stamford, attached his name to a proposal that would have
opened the Greenwich weigh station more often and another that called for
reducing the noise made by engine brakes.
said he knows that engine brakes make loud noise because of what some truckers
do to them after purchase, but said his proposal was valid.
is a perfect example of where we can work with the trucking industry to
alleviate noise pollution,” he told The Advocate.
pair of bills offered by Sen. Robert Duff, D-Norwalk, sought to increase hours
at the weigh station – located on the southbound side of Interstate 95 between
Exits 2 and 3 – to boost enforcement of truck safety laws.
needs to be some regulation of traffic that comes through our highways, and
what we’re seeing is a lack of enforcement,” Duff told the newspaper while the
initiatives were still under consideration. “We need to get a better handle on
the weigh station.”
another bill relating to trucks remains active in the Joint Judiciary
by Rep. Lile Gibbons, R-Greenwich, the bill – HB5466 – would hike the fine for
truckers who illegally travel on the Merritt Parkway from $70 to $250.
insisted she isn’t targeting the trucking industry; she simply wants to make
sure the law is enforced, she told the newspaper.
fine right now is too little,” Gibbons said. Increasing it, she said, would
serve as a deterrent.