CHP summit proves informative for small-business truckers, industry

| 8/26/2008

As a rule, truckers typically try to avoid drawing the attention of highway patrol officers while out on the road.

However, a Commercial Vehicle Safety Summit, organized by the California Highway Patrol, actually encouraged interaction between small-business truckers and law enforcement officers as part of a three-day workshop this past week.

OOIDA Regulatory Affairs Specialist Joe Rajkovacz participated in the three-day event, Aug. 19-21, in Newport Beach, CA. He said it was a unique opportunity for small-business truckers to provide attendees and presenters with a broader perspective on some of the issues they face while out on the road.

“This was an excellent event for small-business truckers to network and share their knowledge with their industry counterparts,” he told Land Line on Tuesday, Aug. 26. “This is definitely a growing event, but is also a valuable information-sharing event as well.”

Some of the topics addressed included loading regulations; hours of service; hazardous materials compliance; biennial inspections of terminals and ports; and the California Air Resources Board’s diesel engine retrofit rule.

One of the event’s keynote speakers was John Hill, administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, who spoke to attendees on the opening day of the summit.

This is the third year for the CHP summit. Rajkovacz said he has attended the summit the past two years. He said one way to improve attendance at next year’s event would be to emphasize the need to include even more input from small-business truckers. He said the idea was tossed out, too, about possibly changing the date from summer to early spring to draw more participation next year.

– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer