New Pennsylvania law intended to keep vehicles snow-free

| 1/11/2007

Truckers and other drivers in Pennsylvania can be fined for failure to clear snow and ice off their vehicles if someone is injured or killed as a result.

The new rule, approved during the 2006 legislative session and signed by Gov. Ed Rendell, now is in effect.

Under the new law, previously HB121, drivers would face a fine of between $200 and $1,000, per occurrence. Existing state law only requires that the windshield be cleared.

"While one's initial reaction to the requirement to clean off the whole vehicle might be that it will be an inconvenience, a big chunk of ice or sheet of snow falling from a vehicle presents a significant danger," Rep. James Roebuck, D-Philadelphia, said in a written statement.