Use of 'Jake brakes' in localities. (SB1096)

Introduced By

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Use of "Jake brakes" in localities. Authorizes counties, cities, and towns to regulate the use of "Jake brakes" when operating motor vehicles within their boundaries. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/13/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15102810D
01/13/2015Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/28/2015Passed by indefinitely in Transportation with letter (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Waldo Jaquith writes:

A "Jake brake" is a generic term that refers to the Jacobs-brand of engine brakes used in tractor-trailers. (The Jacobs corporation is not happy with legislation that refers to "Jake brakes," as they believe that it dilutes their trademark.) These brakes are quite loud.

James Griffin writes:

We do not need micro-management of professional drivers, who already have a strong incentive to drive safely while they carry their company logo and a phone number to report their conduct. They are not the problem, and when we force them to slow their trucks using brake pads instead of so-called Jake brakes we bear the cost of this regulatory burden with higher shipping prices. Worse still, at the moment a driver needs to slow his or her vehicle they are forced to adjust to the state they are visiting instead of their best immediate judgment.

We've lived near Route 17 for more than a decade. We are in no way involved in the trucking industry (though we pay shipping costs for the many packages we receive). We do not believe already-strained government resources should be diverted to this task.