Signed into law in June 2018, Act 62 adds increased fines for roads designated for stronger litter enforcement along with adding community service requirements to monetary fines for first time-offender penalties. The act also creates Litter Enforcement Corridors, a new tool to help Pennsylvania crack down on litter and dumping.
These road segments have a high aesthetic or historic value worth preserving or need some additional help with litter issues. Approved segments will be marked with signs to notify motorists of additional litter fines: doubled penalties for motorists caught scattering rubbish and tripled when it is done by a commercial business.
The act also increase safety for workers or volunteers who are picking up trash in a designated corridor. When drivers in these areas see traffic control devices, they must yield the right of way, as in a construction work zone. For this reason, it’s important to plan a cleanup event with local or state authorities involved when possible.
Scenic highways, as defined under Title 74 chapter 83, are now designated Litter Enforcement Corridors. There are 3 additional ways roads can be designated:
- PennDOT can designate a state route,
- Counties or municipalities can petition PennDOT to designate a state route,
- Counties or municipalities can designate a local route within their borders. Contact your regional PennDOT district office for more details.
Pennsylvania communities are already putting the new bill into action. The city of Philadelphia recently designated more than 50 blocks of roadway as litter enforcement corridors. Among other penalties, a contractor found guilty of dumping in one of these corridors could now be penalized three times the maximum $5000 fine.