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