Truckers’ input encouraged at CHP’s safety summit in August

| 7/11/2008

Although many truckers go out of their way to avoid any interaction with highway patrol officers, an upcoming summit hosted by the California Highway Patrol actually encourages truckers to participate.

The CHP will host the Commercial Vehicle Safety Summit on Aug. 19-21 at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Hotel in Newport Beach, CA. There will be no cost to attend the summit. However, there will be a fee if overnight stay at the hotel is needed.

Some of the topics scheduled to be addressed include: hours-of-service regulations, biennial inspection of terminals, Uniform Carrier Registration Act, diesel engine retrofit and port security. Click here for registration information, due by Aug. 1, or call CHP’s headquarters at (916) 445-1865.

John Hill, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, has been invited to speak at the summit.

Joe Rajkovacz, OOIDA’s regulatory affairs specialist, who will be attending the summit, also attended the event last year. He described the CHP summit as being modeled after the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, which is an international organization composed of local, state and federal law enforcement, and industry representatives.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our members to interact with the California Highway Patrol, federal agencies and other industry representatives to learn more about the rules, laws and regulations truckers must adhere to,” Rajkovacz said.