of legislation affecting truckers are moving closer to passage
in the California Legislature. One calls for port operators to
be fined for keeping trucks idling; one would make intermodal
chassis inspections tougher.
Assemblyman Alan Lowenthal (D-San Pedro) 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.
is set for its first hearing in the Senate Appropriations Committee
require ocean marine terminals that conduct intermodal roadability
inspection programs to sign (under penalty of perjury) that the
inspection was performed. It also provides for a more thorough
inspection and a re-inspection if the driver hauling the container
believes the chassis is unsafe.
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. SB1507 is on the calendar
for a vote before the full assembly before the end of the month.