April – May 2015

About The Cover: Daimler Trucks North America made trucking history on May 6th unveiling the first ever autonomous truck approved to operate on public highways within the state of Nevada. There is no immediate risk of truck drivers being replaced by the equivalent of the robot driver “Johnny Cab” as seen in the Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movie Total Recall, but as the technology evolves, anything is possible.   Autonomous truck technology is also being developed for use in the construction industry where dump trucks and other off-road equipment working on-site could be remotely operated – we will have an article in next month’s CTN highlighting that technology.    

Something for Small Fleets The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (SDAPCD) is currently accepting applications for their voucher incentive program (VIP). The VIP provides a streamlined approach to reduce emissions for qualified on-road diesel trucks with Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of 14,001 pounds or higher. This is

States are taking the question of highway funding into their own hands as the federal government dithers and one of the leading ideas is charging motorists for the miles they travel—vehicle miles traveled (VMT). This is especially important with the increasing fuel economy numbers reducing the take on the gas

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The economy is improving, more people are going to work…and more are dying on the job according the Department of Industrial Relations’ (DIR) most recent report on occupational fatalities in the California. According to the DIR, a review of the past ten years indicates that workplace fatalities remain below the

The past few weeks have resulted in a series of disappointing, but not unexpected adverse decisions in a series of lawsuits challenging various environmental regulation of the trucking industry. CDTOA (CCTA) v. Mary Nichols (CARB) – The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied our petition for

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The state highway department that is facing a 50 percent cut in its budget next year from levels two years ago, found a way to spend $360 million on bike paths and sidewalks to encourage “human-powered transportation projects.” Caltrans is asking cities, counties and other eligible agencies throughout California to

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Sacramento, CA – On April 23, 2015 the full CARB board was given an update by staff on the development of the California Sustainable Freight Strategy. On January 23, 2014, the board directed staff to begin the process of designing the next phase of CARB regulation of the trucking industry.

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Diamond Bar, CA – On April 22, 2014 CARB held an all-day symposium at the South Coast Air Quality Management headquarters focused on the next round of U.S. EPA greenhouse gas (GHG) regulation of heavy-duty trucks (Phase II) which is due to be published soon. CARB kicked off the daylong

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Truckers are expected to know more about rules and laws for every jurisdiction they travel through – no excuses. Who has not heard the quote “Ignorance of the law is no excuse” as an unjustified citation is handed over? Perhaps more galling is when enforcement activities are performed in an

CARB Claiming Beefed Up Diesel Enforcement The California Air Resources Board (CARB) in April announced it has teamed up with local and federal agencies to “significantly increase enforcement” of California’s Heavy-Duty Diesel regulations statewide. With only 120 inspectors statewide, CARB’s enforcement program’s bark has been worse than its bite. The

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Salem, OR – A bill working its way through the Oregon Legislature would mandate that Oregon become the first state in the U.S. to adopt the entire suite of CARB diesel related regulations. House Bill 3310 (HB 3310) introduced by Representative Greenlick (D – Portland) and Senator Dembrow (D –