Truckers Fear Heights - Climbing on top of trailers unsafe

sportsou

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Forcing big rig drivers to clean snow and ice from the tops of their trailers would cripple the trucking industry, a Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association spokesman said Tuesday.

"It's just not a feasible alternative if we want trucks to move in the wintertime," association Director of Safety Don Siekerman said.

"We'd love an easy, low-cost way to do it. If somebody could come up with a way to do it the trucking industry would embrace it."

The process is also dangerous for truck drivers who'd have to climb on top of their rigs to get rid of the snow and ice without specialized equipment, Siekerman said.

His comments were in response to state Sen. Lisa Boscola's call to give police the power to ticket drivers whose vehicles shed snow or ice.

According to the current law, police are permitted to ticket those drivers only if the debris causes serious injury or death. Fines range from $200 to $1,000.

The Pennsylvania State Police hasn't cited anyone since it was enacted in May, according to an agency spokeswoman. Police in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton said the same.

Boscola said the trucking industry lobbied hard against the original bill and forced her to concede important points last year.

But the third-term senator said she won't back down in March when it's time to introduce the bill again.

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sutinelli

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Forcing big rig drivers to clean snow and ice from the tops of their trailers would cripple the trucking industry, a Pennsylvania Motor Truck Association spokesman said Tuesday.

"It's just not a feasible alternative if we want trucks to move in the wintertime," association Director of Safety Don Siekerman said.

"We'd love an easy, low-cost way to do it. If somebody could come up with a way to do it the trucking industry would embrace it."

The process is also dangerous for truck drivers who'd have to climb on top of their rigs to get rid of the snow and ice without specialized equipment, Siekerman said.

His comments were in response to state Sen. Lisa Boscola's call to give police the power to ticket drivers whose vehicles shed snow or ice.

According to the current law, police are permitted to ticket those drivers only if the debris causes serious injury or death. Fines range from $200 to $1,000.

The Pennsylvania State Police hasn't cited anyone since it was enacted in May, according to an agency spokeswoman. Police in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton said the same.

Boscola said the trucking industry lobbied hard against the original bill and forced her to concede important points last year.

But the third-term senator said she won't back down in March when it's time to introduce the bill again.

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Is really scarry getting a shunk of ice on your windshield, got one and my wife freak out.
 
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