Connecticut Owner Operator Jobs


Connecticut Owner Operator Jobs

Driving in Connecticut poses some challenges for the trucker, especially for those who travel I-95. In 2010, the state was found to have the tenth worst traffic congestion in the nation. The study ranked the state seventh in bridge deficiency. The snarled traffic causes millions of dollars in lost time and wasted fuel annually as vehicles idle in weekday traffic jams up to 20 miles long. The morning backup often lasts until 11 a.m.

The state, which ranked forty-sixth in spending per mile in 2010, is studying solutions to the I-95 congestion. The most likely scenario will be to convert the worst segments of the Interstate to a toll road. Two different plans are being considered. One would re-establish tolls for all vehicles. The other would charge a toll only for the use of designated fast traffic lanes. The tolls may be charged only during peak travel times in an effort to dissuade drivers from using heavily-traveled roads.

Merritt Parkway is included in the study as part of the I-95 corridor. A separately-funded study will consider the same solutions for I-84. There is also some interest in a future study to convert the entire interstate highway system to a toll road, with tolls collected at the borders.

If tolls are reinstated, an electronic system would be used rather than traditional toll booths. An owner operator in Connecticut could purchase a transponder that would automatically bill an existing account. For occasional users, cameras will take pictures of license plates with bills sent out by mail. These electronic systems are already in use in other areas of the nation.

Toll booths were eliminated in the 1980s after several notorious crashes occurred. The most deadly involved a truck. As a result of those fatal accidents, the state has been extremely vigilant regarding trucker safety. In 2010, Connecticut carried out a months-long sting against the trucking industry that resulted in 28,000 citations worth $3.4 million. Drivers were cited for a wide variety of violations, including 3,776 defective lights tickets, 1,704 overweight loads, and 2,263 violations of logbook rules.

Connecticut also has one of the highest state fuel taxes in the country. The tax is scheduled to rise to 52 cents per gallon on July 1. 


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