New Jersey bill targets oversize, speeding trucks on steep, local roads

| 7/21/2005

The New Jersey Senate has unanimously approved a bill that would increase fines for oversize trucks caught speeding on steep, local roads. The bill, which previously passed the Assembly by unanimous consent, now heads to acting Gov. Richard Codey’s desk.

“It’s not safe for a truck that weighs four tons to be traveling at speeds in excess of 35 mph down a hill,” Assemblywoman Linda Stender, D-Union, said in a written statement.

Stender’s bill – A3096 – would allow municipalities to set a new range of fines for trucks weighing four tons or more that get pulled over for driving on roads with a grading of more than 5 percent. Offenders would face a $2,500 fine with any subsequent violations resulting in up to a fine of $5,000.

She is hopeful the effort will prevent rogue truckers from endangering other drivers.

“Strict fines will keep truck drivers at bay,” Stender said. “Truck drivers need to know that if they are willing to jeopardize the safety of motorists, they will be fined heavily.”