New California hazmat hauler law requires inspections every two years

| 10/22/2007

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill into law in California intended to improve the safety of trucks hauling hazardous materials and fuel.

The new law, previously AB1612, requires hazmat haulers whose trucks are base plated in California to submit to physical inspections every two years. It takes effect Jan. 1, 2008.

The California Highway Patrol will be responsible for carrying out the inspections.

“The new requirements are necessary to improve the safety of our roads ...” Assemblyman Pedro Nava, D-Santa Barbara, said in a written statement. “It is important that we raise the standards under which motor carriers of hazardous material operate.”

Hazmat haulers will be required to stay current with the inspections. New carriers also will be required to be inspected before the CHP will issue them licenses to haul hazardous materials.

The fee for the inspection is $270 for a single truck operation. The rate increases to $375 for two trucks. Operations with three to eight trucks will pay $510 with larger operations paying higher amounts.

Failure to keep up with the inspection schedule will result in fines that increase based on the delinquency period. The maximum penalty for a single truck operation going more than two years beyond the inspection deadline is $432.

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– By Keith Goble, state legislative editor