OLR Bill Analysis
AN ACT CONCERNING THE PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO REMOVE ICE OR SNOW FROM A MOTOR VEHICLE.
The law sets a $ 75 fine for a motorist who fails to remove accumulated snow or ice from a motor vehicle so that it does not pose a danger to people or property when the vehicle is being driven. The bill makes this violation an infraction. An infraction is not a crime, and violators can pay the fine by mail. The fine remains $ 75.
The law and the bill apply to both commercial (e. g. , large trucks) and noncommercial motor vehicles. The law requiring noncommercial motor vehicles to remove snow and ice is already in effect; the law applying to commercial motor vehicles takes effect December 31, 2013.
The bill does not change the payment procedure, and thus still requires a court appearance, for violations that cause personal injury or damage. By law, these violations are punishable by (1) a $ 200 to $ 1,000 fine if committed by non-commercial motor vehicle operators and (2) starting December 31, 2013, a $ 500 to $ 1,250 fine if committed by commercial motor vehicle operators.
EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2013
HB 6387, favorably reported by the Judiciary Committee, allows fines to be paid by mail for failure to remove snow or ice from a motor vehicle when no personal or property damage results.
Joint Favorable Substitute