Port bills pass in California

| 9/9/2002

Two pieces of legislation calling for port operators to be fined for keeping trucks idling and making intermodal chassis inspections tougher have moved through the legislative process and are now waiting for Gov. Grey Davis' signature.

Assemblyman Alan Lowenthal's (D-San Pedro) bill would require truckers to reach the outside gate of any marine terminal in the state within 30 minutes of getting in line. Originally, the bill's language set a fine of up to $250 on terminal operators who did not meet the 30-minute rule, but a last minute trade-off on the Assembly floor removed the fine if terminal operators set up an appointment system or operated during non-peak hours. The bill also addresses truck idling outside terminal gates. AB2650 was enrolled on Aug. 28.

SB1507, a bill that would require ocean marine terminals that conduct intermodal roadability inspection programs to sign under penalty of perjury, the inspection was performed easily passed 36-0. It also provides for a more thorough inspection and a re-inspection if the driver hauling the container believes the chassis is unsafe. Sen. Gloria Romero's (D-Los Angeles) bill also contains a provision that no commercial driver could be threatened, coerced, or retaliated against for contacting a law enforcement agency regarding the condition of the intermodal chassis.

The governor has until Sept. 30 to sign the bills that were endorsed by trucking interests and the Teamsters union.