Increased Fines for Trucks Stuck in Smugglers’ Notch

Route 108 is a narrow, winding road through Smugglers’ Notch between Stowe and Cambridge, Vermont. The tricky passage is not recommended for buses and RVs, and tractor-trailers are banned from the notch. Nonetheless, some trucks get stuck every year trying to get through, despite the warning signs, when they become wedged against boulders in the tight turns. In some cases it can take hours to remove a stuck truck and reopen the road.

The Vermont FY2017 Transportation Bill significantly increased fines for trucks that get stuck in Smugglers’ Notch, starting in July 2016, but trucks and tour buses have continued to ignore signs and tie up traffic.

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