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  • NJ A408
  • "Commercial Motor Vehicle State Highway Parking Act."
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill, to be known as the "Commercial Motor Vehicle State Highway Parking Act," requires the Commissioner of Transportation (commissioner) in consultation with the Director of the Division of Highway Traffic Safety (director) in the Department of Law and Public Safety to analyze the shortage of parking available for commercial motor vehicles on State highways and determine the number and location of additional parking spaces necessary to reduce the number of commercial motor vehicles parked on the shoulders of State highways in the State by 75 percent. The commissioner and the director are also required prepare a list of projects that will make additional parking available for commercial motor vehicles on State highways or publicize the availability of existing parking resources on State highways and that qualify for federal funding under the Highway Safety Improvement Program, Surface Transportation Program, or the National Highway Performance Program The projects included on the list are to be sufficient to achieve the 75 percent reduction in commercial motor vehicles parking on the shoulders of roadways. The commissioner is required to include the commercial motor vehicle parking projects in the annual list of proposed projects submitted to the Legislature. The Legislature is to appropriate from the revenues and other funds of the New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority sums as are necessary to complete the projects. The Department of Transportation is to proceed expeditiously to complete the projects and is required to provide a schedule for completion, as well as periodic progress reports on the status of the various projects to the Senate Transportation Committee and the Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee. In addition, this bill changes the standards concerning how a motor vehicle may be parked or left standing on a roadway. Under current law, a person may only park a vehicle on a roadway if a clear and unobstructed width of not less than 15 feet is left for other vehicles to pass by. The bill increases the distance to 20 feet. Also under current law, a person may only park a vehicle if a clear view of the vehicle may be obtained from a distance of 200 feet in each direction. The bill increases that distance to 300 feet. The bill provides that in addition to any other penalty or fine imposed, a person who parks or leaves standing a vehicle upon a roadway in violation of the law is subject to a penalty of $100 for the first offense and $250 for the second and each subsequent offense. Finally, the bill establishes a separate violation for parking or leaving a vehicle standing on the shoulder of an exit ramp on a State highway, or within 1,000 feet of an entry or exit ramp. In addition to any other penalty or fine imposed, a person who parks or leaves standing a vehicle in violation of this prohibition is subject to a penalty of $100 for the first offense and $250 for the second and each subsequent offense. The shortage of parking for commercial motor vehicles on the highway system in this State creates a situation on the roadways that endangers public safety. Commercial motor vehicle drivers are subject to federal and State rules which limit the number of hours a driver may be on-duty before the driver is required to rest, but recent studies have shown that there are insufficient parking spaces available to drivers where they can safely stop to rest. As a result, commercial motor vehicle drivers often find themselves in a position where they have few options other than to park on the shoulder, causing a public safety hazard.
Transportation and Independent Authorities
Introduced, Referred to Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Transportation and Independent Authorities Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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