A Senate committee
has twice delayed hearings on a bill would require California trucks
to carry a device to enable police or carriers to stop the vehicles.
A hearing was
scheduled for July 1 at the Senate Transportation Committee on AB575,
but was delayed. The General Assembly’s Web site does not yet list
a new hearing date.
The bill requires
trucks carrying flammable materials, radiological isotopes and a
list of other hazardous materials to have some kind of disconnect
device – an external mechanism that would either activate the brakes
or cut off the fuel to the engine. The device would have to be built
in a way that would allow Highway Patrol officers to activate it
from the outside of the truck.
AB575 is designed
to keep hazardous materials out of the hands of terrorists. It also
contains a requirement for GPS tracking devices that would allow
carriers to find a truck’s location at any time.
Assembly approved the bill June 3. If it passes the Senate panel,
it will head to the floor for a final vote.