California lawmaker calls for definitive mapping of truck routes, services

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 3/17/2016

If a California state lawmaker gets her way, navigating trucking routes, regulations and resources through the state could get easier.

A bill in the Assembly Transportation Committee would require the California Department of Transportation to prepare an inventory of all state and locally designated truck routes and services. The inventory would include all truck route information, including maps, weight limits, and height restrictions as well as trucking services available.

After collecting the information, the agency would be responsible for publishing a statewide truck route network to be available on the Internet. The site must include an interactive map with detailed information for every state and locally designated truck route.

Sponsored by Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, D-San Bernardino, the bill would also make Caltrans responsible for identifying infrastructure inconsistencies in designated truck routes that could result in “unnecessary bottlenecks, hours of delay, system inefficiencies, and non-standardized weight limits and height restrictions across jurisdictions.”

In addition, the department would be required to determine where gaps in services, parking, and rest area locations may result in “significant inefficiencies” for professional drivers.

Brown wrote that “there are gaps in trucking services ... and inconsistent rules from jurisdiction to jurisdiction regarding truck weights, heights, hours of operations, and routes.”

She added that the state is the best entity to consolidate the various components of the state highway and local roadway system “into a functional trucking transportation network.”

Possible changes would not come along any time soon. The information, including an estimate of the annual cost and the total cost of carrying out a plan, would need to be submitted to the governor and state Legislature by July 2019.

The bill, AB2432, could get a committee hearing as early as March 22.

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