California bills cover CARB, ports, photo tickets

| 3/2/2011

A variety of issues that address concerns of California truck drivers are under consideration at the statehouse. The bills cover issues that include ports, CARB, photo enforcement.

Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, is the sponsor of a separate bill that would affect port truckers, including owner-operators. Perez is a cousin of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

The bill would deem drayage truck operators to be employees of the companies that arrange for their services.

Perez wrote in the bill that classifying affected drivers as employees would ease concerns about retaliation for reporting safety concerns and help ensure that operators have workers? compensation insurance.

Like many California truckers, Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Twin Peaks, has had enough of the state?s Air Resources Board. He has introduced a bill that would abolish the agency and ?transfer its authority, duties, powers, purposes, responsibilities, and jurisdiction to the California Environmental Protection Agency.?

Another bill would prohibit the installation of red light cameras in communities throughout the state starting next year. Cities with cameras already posted would be required to do studies to justify their use.

If a study shows a camera has not resulted in fewer traffic accidents at the intersection, the camera would be required to come down by Jan. 1, 2015.

?People don?t trust government, and red light cameras aren?t helping,? Assemblyman Paul Cook, R-Yucca City, said in a statement. ?I think folks feel they?re being sold a bill of goods. ? Governments need to prove that they work.?

Fines can range as high as $450.

A separate bill would protect the use of ticket cameras in San Francisco.

California law already allows the city and county of San Francisco to issue citations based on photos snapped of parking violations in transit-only lanes. City-owned public transit vehicles can be outfitted with cameras to record parking violations occurring in the affected lanes.

The program is slated to sunset at the end of this year. In response, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, D-San Francisco, has introduced a bill that would make use of the cameras permanent.

Perez?s bill ? AB950, Donnelly?s bill ? AB1332, Cook?s bill ? AB1008, and Ma?s bill ? AB1041 ? are awaiting assignment to committee.

To view other legislative activities of interest for California, click here.

Editor?s Note: Please share your thoughts with us about the legislation included in this story. Comments may be sent to