In New Jersey, two state legislators are getting ready to introduce a two-bill package designed to try to rid the state's highways of dangerous truckers and teach motorists how to share the road with trucks.
Assemblyman Paul Kramer and Assemblywoman Barbara Right, both Republicans from Mercer, want to create a Truck Safety Bureau within the State Police. A toll-free hotline would be available for motorists to report unsafe truckers to the bureau. The bureau would be paid for by increasing the fee for a 10-year commercial driver's license from $25 to $75. In addition, drivers of trucks weighing more than 10,000 pounds would get twice the number of points other motorists get for traffic violations.
New Jersey currently has about 50 troopers assigned to truck safety inspections.
The other proposal would create a Truck Safety Advisory Council. This council would develop educational material about how motorists and truckers can safely share the road.
The legislation is supported by the New Jersey Motor Truck Assn. and the American Automobile Assn.