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2005-2006 Regulatory Agendas

99-420
Maine Turnpike Authority

UMBRELLA UNIT NUMBER: 99-420
AGENCY NAME: Maine Turnpike Authority

CONTACT PERSON: Margaret Trueworthy, Secretary-Treasurer, 430 Riverside Street, Portland, Maine 04103, Tel: (207) 871-7771, x123

EMERGENCY RULES ADOPTED SINCE THE LAST REGULATORY AGENDA: None

EXPECTED 2003-2004 RULE MAKING ACTIVITY:

CHAPTER 1: CMR 1.3: Rules Governing the Use of the Turnpike: Keep Right - Pass on the Left Only (Amendment)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 23 MRSA Sec. 1965(1)(C) and 1980
PURPOSE: To restrict commercial vehicles from using the passing lane during inclement winter weather conditions in an effort to improve safe travel in these extreme situations.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: This rule may or may not be pursued in the next twelve months.
AFFECTED PARTIES: This regulation would benefit all travelers by improving the safety of the highway but would significantly restrict the free flow of commercial traffic during periods of snow and ice and would, as such, require careful investigation prior to proposal.

CHAPTER 1: CMR 1.3: Rules Governing the Use of the Turnpike: Parking (Amendment)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 23 MRSA Sec. 1965(1)(C) and 1980
PURPOSE: (1) to prohibit truck parking in car lots in service areas, (2) to prohibit non-handicap parking in spaces as posted, (3) to prohibit parking on access ramps and/or (4) to prohibit long term or non-commuter parking in park and ride lots.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: This rule may or may not be pursued in the next twelve months.
AFFECTED PARTIES: The proposed rule change would improve enforcement mechanisms but would not significantly change the benefits or regulations applied to any party.

CHAPTER 1: CMR 1.4 and 1.5: Rules Governing the Use of the Turnpike: Median Strip and No U-Turn (Amendment)
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 23 MRSA Sec. 1965(1)(C) and 1980
PURPOSE: To redraft and reconstruct these rules to more effectively allow restriction of travel through median openings and to more effectively discourage U-Turns at toll areas.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: This rule may or may not be pursued in the coming twelve months.
AFFECTED PARTIES: The proposed rule change would improve existing enforcement mechanisms yet could also serve to limit median crossovers by contractors and other parties who are accustomed to such access.

CHAPTER 1: CMR Rules Governing the Use of the Turnpike: Towing
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 23 MRSA Sec. 1965(1)(C), 1973, 1980
PURPOSE: To allow the Maine Turnpike Authority to clarify and institute regulations for tow operations, tow trucks and others performing services on the Turnpike.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: This rule may or may not be pursued in the coming twelve months.
AFFECTED PARTIES: This regulation would benefit travelers whose vehicles become disabled by improving services provided, and would affect tow operators.

CHAPTER 1: CMR Rules Governing the Use of the Turnpike: Information Signing
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 23 MRSA 1965(1)(U)
PURPOSE: To allow the MTA to institute a program for informational signing with respect to lodgings and attractions in the immediate vicinity of the Turnpike.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: This rule may or may not be pursued in the coming twelve months.
AFFECTED PARTIES: This regulation would benefit travelers by providing motorists with information on local services.

CHAPTER 1: Rules Governing the Use of the Turnpike: Privacy of Contractor Information
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 23 MRSA Sec. 1965(1) and 1980, 26 MRSA 1311
PURPOSE: To protect the confidentiality of personal information filed with the Maine Turnpike Authority relating to employees of contractors of the Maine Turnpike Authority.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: This rule may or may not be pursued in the next twelve months.
AFFECTED PARTIES: This regulation would benefit employees of contractors of the Maine Turnpike Authority by protecting their personal information from disclosure to the public.

CHAPTER1: CMR 1.3: Rules Governing the Use of the Turnpike: Commercial Vehicles Idling
STATUTORY AUTHORITY: 23 MRSA Sec. 1965(1) and 1980
PURPOSE: To forbid the practice of commercial vehicles idling their engines for long periods at Turnpike concession areas during part of the year.
ANTICIPATED SCHEDULE: This rule may or may not be pursued in the next twelve months.
AFFECTED PARTIES: This regulation would benefit landowners adjacent to the Turnpike by lowering noise levels and would also decrease pollution. This regulation would affect commercial vehicle drivers.

OTHER PROPOSED RULE CHANGES: The Maine Turnpike Authority may propose other changes throughout the year as they become necessary for reasons of improved safety, enforcement and administration, or as a result of studies that the Maine Turnpike Authority is currently undertaking, all within the restrictions and limitations of 5 M.R.S.A. Section 8060.