Senate Committee On Transportation


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Changes driving commercial vehicles on state parkways from a regulatory violation to a statutory violation. Raises fine to $500 for first violations and $1,000 for subsequent violations.



Increases fine for driving commercial motor vehicles on
state parkways where they are prohibited by Office of the State Traffic Administration (OSTA) regulations and codifies this prohibition in statute. Prohibits commercial vehicle owners or lessees from allowing these vehicles to be driven on any such parkway. Similar to existing regulation, a commercial motor vehicle is any vehicle designed or used to transport merchandise or freight and bearing commercial registration.
Existing OSTA regulations prohibit commercial motor vehicles from entering and using limited access highways that are designated as parkways (i.e., the Merritt and Wilbur Cross Parkways and the Milford Parkway), and a violation of this prohibition is an infraction (CGS 14-314; Conn. Agencies Regs. 14-298-249). (The current fine is set at $50 plus $42 in surcharges.) The bill makes violations of its prohibitions punishable by a fine of $500 for a first violation and $1,000 for any subsequent violation. The fines must be assessed against the commercial vehicle owner, when the owner, owners agent, or owners employee was the driver or commercial vehicle lessee, when the lessee, lessees agent, or the lessees employee was the driver. Similar provisions about responsibility for the fine apply to some other commercial vehicle penalties, such as the penalty for driving overweight vehicles (CGS 14-267a(f)).





02/09/2023 Referred to Joint Committee on Transportation.
02/15/2023 Hearing in Joint Committee on Transportation.
03/17/2023 Joint Committee on Transportation Favorable Substitute passed.
03/20/2023 Filed with Legislative Commissioners' Office.
03/29/2023 Referred to Office of Legislative Research and Office of Fiscal Analysis.
04/04/2023 Reported Out of Legislative Commissioners' Office with Favorable Report. Tabled for Calendar in Senate.
06/07/2023 Died upon adjournment.