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.