Senate Bill No. 305
               Senate Bill No. 305

              PUBLIC ACT NO. 98-196


AN ACT CONCERNING  PENALTIES FOR VEHICLES WHICH DO
NOT MEET WIDTH,  LENGTH OR HEIGHT REQUIREMENTS AND
UTILITY WORK ZONE FINES.


    Be  it  enacted  by  the  Senate  and House of
Representatives in General Assembly convened:
    Section 1. Subsection (g) of section 14-270 of
the general statutes is repealed and the following
is substituted in lieu thereof:
    (g)  Any person who violates the provisions of
any permit issued  under  this  section  shall  be
subject   to   the   FOLLOWING  penalties:  [under
subsection (f) of section 14-267a.]
    (1) A PERSON  OPERATING A VEHICLE THAT EXCEEDS
THE  WEIGHT SPECIFIED  IN  SUCH  VEHICLE'S  PERMIT
SHALL  BE  SUBJECT  TO  A  PENALTY  CALCULATED  BY
SUBTRACTING THE PERMITTED  WEIGHT  FROM THE ACTUAL
VEHICLE WEIGHT AND  THE  RATE OF THE FINE SHALL BE
FIFTEEN DOLLARS PER ONE HUNDRED POUNDS OR FRACTION
THEREOF OF SUCH EXCESS WEIGHT;
    (2)  A PERSON OPERATING A VEHICLE THAT EXCEEDS
THE LENGTH OR WIDTH SPECIFIED  IN  SUCH  VEHICLE'S
PERMIT SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A MINIMUM FINE OF THREE
HUNDRED DOLLARS;
    (3)  A PERSON OPERATING A VEHICLE THAT EXCEEDS
THE HEIGHT  SPECIFIED  IN  SUCH  VEHICLE'S  PERMIT
SHALL BE SUBJECT TO A MINIMUM FINE OF ONE THOUSAND
DOLLARS; AND
    (4)  A PERSON OPERATING A VEHICLE THAT EXCEEDS
THE LENGTH, WIDTH, HEIGHT OR  WEIGHT  REQUIRING  A
ROUTE RESTRICTION, BUT IS NOT OPERATING UNDER SUCH
RESTRICTION, SHALL BE FINED (A) ONE THOUSAND  FIVE
HUNDRED  DOLLARS FOR EACH SUCH VIOLATION AND (B) A
FINE  CALCULATED  AT  THE  RATE  PROVIDED  FOR  IN
SUBPARAGRAPH  (G) OF SUBDIVISION (2) OF SUBSECTION
(f) OF SECTION 14-267a,  BASED  ON  WEIGHT  LIMITS
ESTABLISHED   UNDER   SUBSECTION  (b)  OF  SECTION
14-267a.
     Sec.   2.  Section  14-212a  of  the  general
statutes  is  repealed  and   the   following   is
substituted in lieu thereof:
    (a)   The   Superior  Court  shall  impose  an
additional fee equivalent to one hundred per  cent
of   the  fine  established  or  imposed  for  the
violation of the  provisions  of  section  14-213,
14-213b,  AS  AMENDED, 14-214, AS AMENDED, 14-215,
AS  AMENDED,  14-216,  14-218a,  14-219,   14-220,
14-221,   14-222,   14-222a,  14-223,  14-224,  AS
AMENDED, 14-225, 14-227a, 14-230, 14-230a, 14-231,
14-232,  14-233,  14-235,  14-236, 14-237, 14-238,
14-238a, 14-239, 14-240, 14-240a, 14-241,  14-242,
14-243,  14-244, 14-245, 14-246a, 14-247, 14-247a,
14-248a, 14-249, 14-250, 14-250a, 14-257,  14-261,
14-266,    14-271,    14-273,   14-279,   14-281a,
subsection (e) or (g) of section  14-283,  section
14-289a   or   14-289b   for  any  such  violation
committed  while  construction  work  is   ongoing
within a highway construction zone designated in a
conspicuous   manner   by   the   Department    of
Transportation  OR  WHILE  UTILITY WORK IS ONGOING
WITHIN  A  UTILITY  WORK  ZONE  DESIGNATED  IN   A
CONSPICUOUS MANNER BY A PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY, AS
DEFINED IN SECTION 16-1, OR BY A WATER COMPANY, AS
DEFINED IN SECTION 25-32a.
    (b)   (1)  The  Department  of  Transportation
shall post a sign [(1)]  at  the  beginning  of  a
highway  construction  zone  which  shall  read as
follows:

         "ROAD WORK AHEAD FINES DOUBLED"

and [(2)] at the end of such zone which shall read
as follows:

                 "END ROAD WORK".

    (2)  A PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANY OR WATER COMPANY
SHALL POST A SIGN AT THE BEGINNING  OF  A  UTILITY
WORK ZONE WHICH SHALL READ AS FOLLOWS:

        "UTILITY WORK AHEAD FINES DOUBLED"

AND AT THE  END  OF  SUCH ZONE WHICH SHALL READ AS
FOLLOWS:

               "END UTILITY WORK".

    (c)  The  state  or  any agency or employee of
the state shall not  be  civilly  liable  for  any
injuries  or  damages  to  any  person or property
which may result, either directly  or  indirectly,
from  failure  on  the  part  of the Department of
Transportation to post  any  sign  required  under
subsection (b) of this section.

Approved June 8, 1998