November – December 2014

ABOUT THE COVER: Season’s Greetings,During the year, in the rush of events, we tend to overlook the important friendships that are the true basis of business relationships. One of the great pleasures of the Holiday Season is the opportunity to exchange cordial greetings with those whose friendship and good will we value so highly. In this spirit, it is our pleasure to say “Thank You” and extend our sincere appreciation for the very pleasant association we enjoy with you. May a bright and prosperous New Year bring happiness to you and to yours.From all your Friends at the CCTA, AADT, WTA and CALT

(Reuters) – Top European truckmakers operated a cartel for 14 years to delay the progress of emissions-reducing technology, the Financial Times reported, citing leaked documents in a European Commission investigation.


For those out of compliance and fearful of no equipment equity Freighliner has a guide to determining a truck’s real cost. With the California Air Resources Board (CARB) deadline 9 days away (January 1, 2015) for many, this could be helpful. Click on the image on the left or the

The average U.S. household is on course to spend about $550 less on gasoline in 2015 than it spent in 2014, the Energy Information Administration said, with the annual bill for gasoline and motor oil spending to reach its lowest level in 11 years.

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Alliance also petitions FMCSA for Standard Testing Procedure on Language Proficiency The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) member jurisdictions have voted to remove from the out-of-service (OOS) criteria violations of 49 C.F.R. § 391.11(b)(2) that generally states that a person shall not drive a commercial motor vehicle unless that person

Following letters to U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx by two industry coalition groups (including the CCTA) asking that FMCSA be required to limit the public availability of motor carrier safety data, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) submitted a similar letter to Mr. Foxx on November 14, 2014.

The biennial study by the Oregon Department of Business and Consumer Services has confirmed that California employers pay the highest workers’ compensation costs in the nation — by a wide margin.

The way California road builders do their job is going to be changing next year, as Caltrans is rolling out new Standard Specifications for 2015.  A draft version of some of the proposed changes is available on the agency’s web site right now, with additional changes to the existing 2010

Late in the evening on December 12th, 2014 the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved an appropriations bill by a vote of 219-206 to keep government running for another year. One of the many “riders” attached to that necessary piece of legislation was a bill authored by Senator Collins (R-Maine)

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The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issued a regulatory notice on October 22, 2014 proposing to add nearly three dozen violations of the Vehicle Code that could result in disqualifying a commercial driver’s license (CDL) holder from operating a commercial motor vehicle.

Enviros Oppose Transportation Plans that Expand Highway Infrastructure The California Construction Trucking Association is one of many to denounce the CEQA lawsuit challenging the San Diego Association of Government’s (SANDAG) regional transportation plan (RTP) several years ago. Thanks to the efforts of many, it was possible to stave off additional