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March - April 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Industry Reports - 2014

Hassles Over Green Weight Versus Purple Weight

We continue to receive calls from member companies being held up at the scales and needing a different permit issued because the green weight permit did not quite cover the load. They have been receiving citations for being overweight, which could have been avoided with the safeguards already in place.

You don’t need to be juggling your load between a green and a purple weight permit. Make it easy on yourself and just request the maximum weight allowed rather than “think you will make the weights.”

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February 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Industry Reports - 2014

Working on Two Different Fronts

City of L. A. Clarifies "2010Trucks or Newer" Policy

In previous discussions, the City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works had stated that it would follow the Metropolitan Transit Authority's (MTA) policy of requiring trucks that were 2010 models or newer for the city's projects.

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October 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Industry Reports - 2013

CTPAC Update: Progress Made with Caltrans Addressing Issues

The September meeting of the California Transportation Permits Advisory Council (CTPAC) covered a wide range of topics including the use of specialty platform trailers, new generation wide-based single tires, and suggestions to reduce long waits for permits.

Using Specialty Platform Trailers

Caltrans' Office of Truck Services (OTS) staff has been dragging their feet on this heavy-haul issue. We thought that Caltrans was going to do a pavement study relating to these exotic units, but now they say they are going to approve use specialty platform trailers on a case-by-case basis and only if they make the equipment within Caltrans weight charts.

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November / December 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Industry Reports - 2013

Culver City PD’s War On Truckers

Harassing Legal Loads and Sized Vehicles and Denying Members - Due Process Reasonable Legal Access for Commercial Vehicles

There are many problems with Culver City ticketing legal truck sizes and loads and bus lengths. This city’s commercial enforcement personnel appear to have a philosophy that truckers are an easy mark for intimidation and fines to fill their coffers. Cities like this are using trucking as an exploitive revenue source and it must end. We have heard many disturbing stories associated with routing issues with this and other cities.

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September 2013 PDF Print E-mail
Industry Reports - 2013

Will Culver City Do the Right Thing?

Recently, one of our members was having problems with Culver City, centered around the company’s ability to use a truck and trailer where the trailer was 53’ long and traveled from Oregon to make deliveries to his customer in that city.

We discussed the issue and I provided him with various options that he could pursue including the creation of a separate route under the Surface Transportation Assistance Act (STAA) route program.

STAA was enacted in 1982, and allows large trucks to operate on the Interstate and certain primary routes collectively called the National Network. These trucks which are referred to as STAA trucks are longer than California legal trucks. As a result, STAA trucks can have a larger turning radius than some local roads can accommodate.

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