California Has New Trucking Regulations to Help Make Matters Worse

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A heavy flow of 18-wheelers peppered with cars and SUVs roll down a Tennessee interstate highway.

California introduced new regulations for the trucking industry that will make the supply chain issues much worse. They will also hurt industry workers.

California issued sweeping environmental regulations to reduce fossil fuel emissions throughout the state. It will cripple the trucking industry, although California officials don’t see it that way.

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) issued a set of revised regulations called the Air Resources Board Truck and Bus Regulation, which required trucking companies in the state to upgrade their trucks with 2010 or newer engines by Jan. 1, 2023. The provision will add additional pressure to the supply chain crisis and cause many small trucking businesses to close or significantly reduce their workforce, industry leaders told the DCNF.

“We in the industry know that if you think there was a supply chain problem over the last year, wait until you take this many trucks out of the marketplace that are not replaceable,” Joe Rajkovacz, director of governmental affairs and communications at the Western States Trucking Association, told the DCNF. “You can be talking about something we as a country have never seen before.”

The rule will take roughly 80,000 commercial trucks, or roughly 17% of the trucking fleet, off the road, adding significant pressure to the supply chain crisis, Rajkovacz said.

The provision would hit smaller trucking operations the hardest, Rajkovacz added.

CARB started the rule to help meet the state’s emission standard and reduce greenhouse gases and diesel exhaust which have been associated with health and environmental problems.

This is our WOKE California. Truckers will be prohibited from using vehicles from before 2010.

It would be better if Cali helped fix the supply chain problems, many of which are caused by their oppressive communistic regulations.

Between China lockdowns and California’s prohibitive regulations, it’s the Red to Red pipeline, commie to commie.


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James Linsley
James Linsley
2 months ago

California has totally stupid idiots in Sacramento along with pretty boy Newsom that live in a bubble! Communists one and all! Run every business and workers out of California and starve to death!

Guy M Daley
Guy M Daley
2 months ago

I’m not in the trucking industry but the claim smells due to this point in the article, “which required trucking companies in the state to upgrade their trucks with 2010 or newer engines by Jan. 1, 2023.”

These regulations came out in 2015 which means the trucking industry will have had many years to prepare, to wit, they will drive the truck until it needs a new motor OR replace the whole truck depending on the amount of miles on it. Also not mentioned is that motors get replaced somewhat often on big trucks, why? Because they are driven CONSTANTLY, unless they are in the shop.

Bogus article, more fearmongering due to omission of critical information.

Doug Westmo
Doug Westmo
2 months ago
Reply to  Guy M Daley

It’s not fearmongering. I know of several independents that have left the state and a few that retired early. Most trucks not meeting the state regs are being sold out of state at a discount. A 2012 or older truck is done in cali whether or not it’s worn out and you can’t afford to repower a 2012 or older because they have been discounted. We run a 2008 water truck 2000 miles a year for dust control that is now illegal, so dust it is, which is also illegal. If you are big enough to buy new equipment you can survive if not retire or leave the state.
There is already a severe shortage of trucks in cali and it will get worse.

Mostly Grey
Mostly Grey
2 months ago

This type of thinking is the same as saying, you can transport your manufactured goods and foodstuffs from the fields to market but you must use a horse and wagon. Only catch is that the horse can only have 3 legs. This is planned and all the fingers continually point in one direction and one direction only. Figure it out people, it ain’t that hard. And a good many of you voted in part of the problem. Follow the money!

Anonymous
Anonymous
2 months ago

. . . and to think that the in the GREAT STATE of Texas, the thorough inspections of “big rigs” trucks crossing the Mexico/USA border, is being attacked . . . shockingly referred to as “making the supply chain issues worse” . . .
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((( not considering that defective braking systems and “bald tires,” and missing brake, turn and back up lights are not working could be a safety hazard . . . and in a state which has a legal speed limit in the range of 70 to 80 MPH on the major inter-state highways . . . WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG when hauling 40,000lbs of “supplies” ??? )))

lazarusreddog
lazarusreddog
2 months ago

IF we had a responsible president, he’d issue a temporary Executive Order suspending regulations on inter-state transportation vehicles & suspend labor union contracts on crane operations at ports-of-call…until the supply issues are resolved. But we have a president who was given union dues to run for office and political demonrat envoronmental warriors seeking to destroy American industry.