Snow-free vehicle mandates pursued in Illinois, New York
Form the Northeast’s most profound concern about the current winter storm, particularly deducing from this week's winter storm in New York City. Presently, legislators in New York and Illinois are tackling issues of snow and ice removal from trucks and cars.
A larger percentage of truck drivers and The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association are not in support of the passed law that'll stipulate every driver to be sanctioned by police if their vehicles are not cleared of snow and ice.
Nevertheless, laws and regulations guiding every vehicle are already put into actualization in some parts of the states, Alabama, Connecticut, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin inclusively.
In addition to that, multiple pieces of legislation in the Empire State would set regulations concerning clearing wintry precipitation from cars and trucks.
With the first bill, the police now have the full force to cite any driver for failure to act when traveling on roadways with its stipulated speed more than 40mph and stored snow or ice must be at a minimum of two inches of snow or one-half inch of ice. If violated, a fine of $75 will be paid.
It was sponsored by Michael DenDekker, the assemblyman, D-Queens, A2455 stresses exceptions for cases when snow or freezing rain falls while the vehicles are still in operation.
The second bill which was passed by Sen. Tony Avella, D-Queens, comprises $75 fines for failure to make any productive or reasonable effort to clear off snow or ice heaped on vehicles. Motorists traveling through New York found in violation will face fines between $200 and $1,000 if injury sustenance or property damage is discovered. For truck drivers, their fine will be between $500 and $1,250.
Avella supported the law as he wrote that “being that snow or ice, falling from cars while on slick and busy roads can result in catastrophe.”
Avella added that the two other tristate, Connecticut, and New Jersey, already have their rules set requesting for snow and ice to be removed from vehicles. “It is time for New York to follow suit,” Avella wrote in a memo for S1591.
Both Critics and OOIDA shunned that, snow and ice laws are somewhat impossible for truck drivers to comply with. They cite an inadequacy of facilities that are readily in place to accommodate eradication of mandates.
One other criticism is that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration disallows anyone on the job to climb to such high heights without standard safeguards.
The city New York bills are in their respective chamber of transportation committees.
Senate bill centers on trucks more than 10,000 pounds in Illinois. Sen. Ira Silverstein, D-Chicago sponsored the law as it would require the removal of ice and snow from trucks roof. Whoever fails to comply would face fines starting at $25.
The only exceptions would be in cases when snow or freezing rain accumulates on vehicles while they are on the road as the bill; SB72 awaits assignment to the committee.