This is something that really gets my blood boiling.
There are not many trucker friendly places left in the United States.
Of course the Northeast has never been trucker friendly as far as getting around the different Cities in the Northeast.
It seems every year it is getting less and less friendly too.
A few months back the state of New Jersey began enforcing a law to keep snow and ice off trucks and other vehicles. As of late October, drivers in New Jersey are responsible for making “all reasonable efforts to remove accumulated ice or snow” from the hood, trunk and roof of the motor vehicle, truck cab, trailer or inter-modal freight container. Violators face fines that could reach as high as $1,500.
Now isn’t this a little dangerous? I mean to go climbing around on top of a trailer that is 13’6″ tall. Who is liable if a driver does fall? I wonder what Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says about this? Because usually inside factories or on certain properties you are not allowed on top of a vehicle without proper fall restraints.
Now as I understand it some places in New Jersey have some type of a drive through device that supposedly clears the snow and ice? Obviously, this law was not enacted with truck drivers in mind. As most would not attempt to climb on top of a snow covered trailer – that’s too dangerous. So, what is a truck driver to do? I guess the law was amended and now requires motorists to make a reasonable effort to remove all ice and snow from their vehicles before traveling on the roads.
Reasonable effort? Take a tire thumper and walk around and ‘hit’ what is in reasonable reach and drive off? Will that be sufficient? Well, get ready because New York is trying to mandate this same law as well.
Here is a comment I saw on one news site tells me the law wasn’t designed for truck drivers:
The upsetting part is that they even HAD to make this a law. It’s common sense to clear your car of all snow and ice. It’s bad enough monitoring the road for snow, ice, swerving cars/trucks, and clueless pedestrians. We shouldn’t have to keep looking up for sheets of ice too. There’s nothing too much scarier than driving down the turnpike and watching a large sheet of ice fly off the roof of some inconsiderate a$$ speeding by, They obviously had to be somewhere fast because they didn’t take the time to clear off their vehicle and they do not care who gets killed behind them.
Well, now New York City wants to get in on making money off truckers too. A bill sponsored by Sen. Daniel Squadron, D-Brooklyn, would set up a pilot truck weight photo-monitoring system in New York City. Targeted at trucks using roadways posted as a “No Truck” zone, it would allow city government to set up a local law or ordinance to create a demonstration program. Cameras would be activated by a vehicle sensor working in conjunction with a vehicle scale.
Some truckers say passage of the bill would be another reason to avoid going into the city. If you think about these ridiculous laws and there unbelievable fines it is easy to see the reasoning behind the laws – money. The bill – S875 – is in the Senate Transportation Committee.
I say it’s high time truckers take a stand. With no places to park – no idling laws – and now ridiculous laws to deal with – I say haul there freight to the line and tell them to come get it. Be safe you all – no load is worth any life.
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