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August 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Industry Reports - 2014

DMV Discovers Grace Time Policy

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has agreed to change a longtime policy that will help industry when they renew their Motor Carrier of Property Permits (MCPP).
This happened because one of our members who had been trying for several months to renew their MCPP or MCP finally gave us a call on his difficulties in this process. They started the renewal process in February, to ensure there was plenty of time to complete the application.

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June - July 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Industry Reports - 2014

After-Hour Permits, Backlogs Tops CTPAC Agenda

Permit problems were top of mind at the May 28th meeting of the California Transportation Permits Advisory Council (CTPAC) in Fontana. A host of issues surfaced during our discussions, including consolidation of the permit staff, backlogs, after hours permit issuance and computer incompatibilities.

The problem boils down to Caltrans’ recent staff consolidation in the permit section, eliminating the south division, filling six staff vacancies and cross training the remaining staff to handle the entire state. This is supposed to be accomplished by improved computer systems and we all know how well computer changes go at state agencies.

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May 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Industry Reports - 2014

No Reimbursement For Return Trips by City of LA?

We were recently contacted by a member regarding a new policy by the City of Los Angeles. The City of Los Angeles, long been known for its hostile business environment, has now decided that it will not pay our members for their return trips. This is not only business unfriendly, it should be illegal.

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Lowbed/Heavy-Haul Trailer and Oilfield Float Manufacturing in North America PDF Print E-mail
News - 2014

A new report by Research and Markets examines the business of lowbed/heavy-haul trailer and oilfield float manufacture in North America.

These trailers, also known as lowboy trailers, feature an extra-strong frame with an open deck very low to the ground. They have a lower center of gravity as compared to standard platform trailers, resulting in added stability for heavier and taller equipment.

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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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