Get your CHP - Biennial Inspection of Terminal (BIT) done now
The California Highway Patrol is asking for CCTA’s help in spreading the word to industry for those that have not paid their Biennial Inspection of Terminal (BIT) fees or have not contacted the CHP to schedule their BIT Inspection, which is required every 25 months. The CHP would rather inspect you than fine you for not being in compliance.
If you own or lease any of the vehicle combinations listed below, please contact the CHP Southern Division Motor Carrier Safety Unit to schedule your inspection:
- Motor Trucks with 3 or more axles.
- Truck tractors.
- Trailers or semi-trailers.
- Pole or pipe dollies.
- Any combination of a Motor Truck with a GVWR over 10,001 pounds or more and any other vehicle when the combination exceeds 40 feet.
- Any truck transporting hazardous materials.
For those with terminals in Los Angeles County, who wish to schedule their BIT inspection or who have any questions, please contact the:
CHP, Southern Division Motor Carrier Safety Unit
visit the CHP website: www.chp.ca.gov/publications/pdf/chp800h.pdf
If you are unsure about what is exactly required to pass your BIT Inspection and/or you may need some assistance with your BIT, please let us know. We would be happy to assist you in ensuring that your company is in compliance before your inspection deadline. The best thing you can do for your company is to maintain a satisfactory BIT rating and we can assist you in overcoming any challenges that would keep you from being in compliance.
Quarterly CTPAC Meeting
The next California Transportation Permit Advisory Council (CTPAC) meeting has been scheduled for February 22, 2012 at the California Trucking Association’s offices in Sacramento. The purpose of CTPAC is twofold. The first is to provide a forum for Caltrans and industry stakeholders to share viewpoints. Secondly, with your help, it is to work on improving state transportation permitting policies and procedures. Caltrans and industry believe that this is an effective way of understanding and improving the permit process. CTPAC representatives use council and steering committee meetings to update their members on changes as well as to assist in resolving permit related issues. Your involvement is very much appreciated and needed at these meetings.
Transportation Permit Perils
We have received several calls from members that were cited for not having their transportation permit in their possession or even worse, not realizing that their annual permit had expired. Traveling without your permit or traveling with an expired permit is the same in the eyes of law enforcement as not having one at all. You should know that the courts share law enforcement’s view on this issue. So, what does that mean? It means that you could be looking at a $20,000 fine and penalty assessments.
This is happening to companies with solid reputations, not fly-by-night companies. Be proactive and make sure that your company has a system in place that lets you know when your permits expire. It is always good to have your system remind you 30 days in advance of the expiration date. If you need assistance with setting up a system, please let us know. Remember; make sure you have your transportation permit if required!
Also, ensure that your permits have all the accompaniments and that the boxes on the face of the permit are marked. It may seem not important that your permits are missing one or two of the 5 or more boxes checked. But, it is a point for each attachment which goes to your company’s points in the Caltrans compliance program. So take the time and make sure your drivers are familiar with what is in their permit book or are familiar with the system that you use. Below, are some reminders to discuss with your drivers at the next tailgate meeting:
- CHP Inspection Facility. When you are stopped and requested to bring in your license, registration, insurance card, and permits, be sure to take all your accompaniments into the scale facility for inspection. If there is one piece of advice that I strongly encourage to every driver I work with is that they walk into the CHP Inspection Facility with a good attitude and treat the Officer/Inspector with respect and courtesy. A good attitude can keep a small problem from turning into a big problem. We have to remember, the officers and inspectors are just doing their job to make sure our roads are safe for you, your family and others. They are also catching those that are not taking care of their trucks and cutting costs at the expense of those who follow the rules. By doing this, the CHP assists in leveling our completive playing field. Just remember that it is your choice whether you want to get in and out of the scales without any delays.
- Have your permits ready and organized. Make sure you have your permits organized and ready to present to any peace officer that is requesting them. Make sure you have each accompaniment that is stated or checked off on the front of the permit. If you are stopped by a CHP officer, make sure your permits and accompaniment are within arm’s reach of the driver and that you are familiar with your permits. If these simple steps are not followed when an officer asks, a ticket could be issued for a permit violation which is a misdemeanor.
- Be sure your permit is valid and/or in your possession. Make sure that your permit is valid which includes your annual permit. As we mentioned earlier in this report, if it has expired, it is considered null and void. You will be issued a citation back to 80,000 pounds and any weight exceeding 80,000 pounds will be considered overweight. I would highly recommend that your driver or dispatcher review all of the drivers permit books and make sure if there are any permits that are expired, to have them reissued. Make sure you have all the necessary accompaniments for each permit that requires them. Just a little housekeeping will keep your drivers out of trouble and ensure that there has not been an oversight that could be very costly.
Annual Permits and Riders
We have received several calls from members regarding their annual permits that have recently expired and were subsequently reissued. Our members were informed by a permit writer that Caltrans is no longer issuing riders with annual permits. The riders that had been issued in the past allowed these members to travel on the Bay area bridges. We immediately contacted Caltrans headquarters and explained what our members were experiencing regarding this issue and received the below response from Caltrans.
“I am not sure as to what information was said to the customer regarding the annual permits. However, I can tell him that annual permit riders can and are issued when necessary.
Since the consolidation, there has been a review of the two annual forms issued from the former North (NR) and South Regions (SR). The forms are found to be inconsistent since the SR issued annuals without riders while the NR did issue riders with annual permits.
The review of the annual forms also showed that the NR riders provided information that is redundant since this information is covered in other accompaniments such as the Red Route Summary table, blast fax, or the pilot cars maps, etc...
Having information listed in various locations leads to inconsistency, confusion, and wasted resources. Thus, annual riders with these types of duplicative information are unnecessary and are not issued since the consolidation of the two regions. Customers should review their annual permits and all of the accompaniments and should still find the same information that was listed on their "old" riders.
So, as it turns out, the information on the latest rider was no longer needed because the Red Route Summary Table actually listed those bridge routes which allowed travel up to 11 feet wide (just as in the past). The Red Route Summary Table is on the Caltrans website for your review. Here’s the link: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/traffops/permits/pdf_documents/maps/red-route-summary-table.pdf
Positive Palm Springs Policy Changes
There have been some positive changes to the Palm Springs Annual permit. If you recall the city’s annual permit only covered the truck routes. You were required to obtain a single trip permit if you had to leave the truck route to make a pick-up or delivery. It was from the help of one our Industry’s own who took the initiative to meet with City officials and convinced them for the need for change. We would like to thank Ken Wood from Elm Equipment Rental in Indio has worked with us for several years in the lower desert on uniformity.
The City Hall will be closed on Friday but you can travel if you have your permit already. If not, contact the Palm Springs Police Dept. and they will help you with permit. You can travel between 9:00 pm to 6:00 am. Annual permit holders should have already received an updated annual permit. If you did not receive your annual permit, it may have already expired and was not reissued.
Back to the future in Azusa
A Haul Route Permit is going to cost the contractor an additional $18 for every truck load that is delivering dirt to the contractor’s project. We recently received a call from a member that felt like he was being strong-armed to pay $18 for every load of dirt that was coming into Azusa. The Public Works Department was not going to budge on this issue and felt that it could charge a toll to our member to travel on public roads that are paid for with taxpayer’s dollars. We are waiting for the City of Azusa to respond to our “cease and desist” request on this illegal practice. We experienced this same issue in December 2009. At that time, Azusa agreed to stop the practice but now that time has gone by, Azusa has resumed its old and scoffing habits.
Confusion in LA Bureau of Sanitation
There is confusion as to whether or not a dirt hauler is required to have a permit as required by the City of Los Angeles Construction and Demolition Debris Ordinance. The ordinance is silent on this issue. Due to the confusion regarding the interpretation of the ordinance, it has restricted several of our members from being able to conduct business in Los Angeles. We are working on getting this clarified as quickly as possible.