Connecticut Requires Snow and Ice Removal on All Vehicles

January 6, 2014

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In Connecticut a new law went into affect on Dec. 31 requiring commercial motor vehicles remove snow and ice from hoods, trunks and roofs or their operators will face fines ranging from $75 to $1,250.

Operators of commercial vehicles who simply do not remove the accumulated snow and ice can be fined $75, however, the law calls for stiffer penalties when there’s personal or property damage from the flying elements. In those instances the operator can face a fine ranging from $500 to $1,250 each time it happens.

“This is a law meant to protect citizens and motorists from these elements that can be very dangerous when coming off traveling trucks on our highways and streets,” said DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey in a press release. The fines carry the penalty of an infraction.

Operators are exempt from the fines when the snow, sleet and freezing rain begins or continues while the vehicle is traveling. Parked vehicles are also exempt from the required removal of ice and snow.

New Jersey and Pennsylvania have laws similar to Connecticut's, and the state of New York is considering a bill that would also require all vehicles remove snow and ice prior to taking off on the road.

These laws have raised concerns within the trucking industry over safety issues, especially considering the various laws require removing snow and ice from the tops of trailers, which are beyond dangerous for drivers to climb on.

So what are the options for drivers? In short, there aren't that many.

"A survey by the American Transportation Research Institute reveals that there remains a lack of economically feasible, easily deployable solutions available to motor carriers. ATRI said that snow throwers—devices that utilize an H-frame and rotate three times to throw snow as far as 20 feet away—cost about $70,000. Snow scrapers—devices mounted on H-frame that trailers can pull under to scrape the snow—run about $15,000 to $18,000," according to an article by Penske.

Related articles:

Connecticut Close to Finalizing Snow-Removal Measure

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  1. 1. Christopher L. Bordeaux [ January 07, 2014 @ 07:49AM ]

    What about the motorists who fail to clean the snow from their personal vehicles and then attempt to operate on the highway looking through just a small opening from their windshield?

    They HAVE the means but fail to understand the implications not being able to see to the left, right or to the rear before taking off.

  2. 2. Dennis [ January 07, 2014 @ 08:18AM ]

    While I understand what they are trying to do I don't understand how they think this can be done. Is a driver supposed to carry scaffolding so that when they wake-up in the morning they can reach the top of the trailer? I guess in snow season trucks just shouldn't run in the states that require this.

  3. 3. Rick Oyler [ January 07, 2014 @ 08:47AM ]

    This is just another MONEY grabbing ploy for states to steal money from drivers !!! Drivers have no way to climb on top of a trailer & sweep off snow & ice, most trailer roofs are not strong enough to support a driver. The only place he can step is on the roof support braces which can NOT be seen due to said snow & ice !!!!!! I guess the driver's safety is of NO concern to anyone anymore !!!!!

  4. 4. Greg Feduik [ January 07, 2014 @ 01:44PM ]

    did you see this one coming?

  5. 5. John L. [ January 08, 2014 @ 08:34PM ]

    We all know that car owners, construction company owned pickups and vans, and the public in general does NOT make nearly as much money as truck drivers do. Therefore us drivers are the ONLY ones TARGETED by these moronic laws! And if the IDIOTS driving those small vehicles would drive like they should, if a sheet of snow or ice comes off the roof of a trailer, their vehicle would NOT be close enough to get hit.
    When a snow or ice removal device is installed somewhere, the cost will have to be covered by someone. Usually it's passed on to the consumer.
    I, for one, don't go East of Ohio, or North of N. Carolina. Nobody in that part of the country appreciates how anything gets to them... The proof is in all the moronic laws they pass against truckers, that the drivers have NO control over.

  6. 6. Sam Iham [ January 12, 2014 @ 04:35PM ]

    John L....Your comment is very strange and difficult to understand.

    "I, for one, don't go East of Ohio, or North of N. Carolina."

    North Carolina IS east of Ohio...


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