November – December 2015

by Betty Plowman     Supposedly El Nino is on its way. While we all want rain, I was reminded of past years that saw floods, many of which I worked on operating my dump truck.     While Sierra Ski Resorts are now celebrating recent snowfalls, I thought back to December of 1996.

Agencies release online tool intended to indoctrinate the “uniformed” about transportation impacts on health Did you ever play “Opposites Day” with your kids and/or grandkids? You say something but they understand your words actually mean the opposite and they dissolve into giggles because it’s so silly. The U.S. Department of

The number is an integral part of reforming the BIT Program California is one of the last states to have never required a motor carrier that solely operates within its borders (intrastate) to have a U.S. DOT number; everyone has used only the assigned A number issued by CHP. That

The Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) has finished the first phase of a study to allow raising the speed limit along more than 2,000 plus miles of the state’s highway system from 65 miles per hour to 70 on non-interstate freeways that are considered “urban.” WYDOT presented the first phase

Changes Take Effect January 1, 2016 Editor’s note: The WSTA has been working closely with the CHP to deliver accurate and up-to-date information regarding changes being made to the BIT Program. We will be hosting a series of workshops statewide during 2016 to assist our members understand and benefit from

By Carlos R. Pastrana, Gonzalez Saggio & Harlan LLP The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 (“the Budget Act”) was signed by President Obama on November 2, 2015. Section 701 of the Budget Act requires the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) to increase proposed penalties for alleged violations and, going

If you have one, you won’t pay BIT fees Motor carriers who have U.S. operating authority are entitled to receive what is called a “Non-Expiring” Motor Carrier Permit from California DMV. The Non-Expiring means exactly that, there is no annual renewal fee paid to DMV as long as the motor

By Steve Milloy How does EPA get away with it? Rivers of data and reality run right through EPA’s economy-harming claims that fine airborne particulate matter (soot or PM2.5) kill people. Yet the very businesses being hurt, and even destroyed, have yet to mount a serious challenge. Why? I have

Construction of a test track for the Hyperloop high-speed transportation network may begin next month (El Nino willing) in a farm field in Kings County and threatens to derail California’s high-speed rail program and may be very disruptive to the trucking industry. First conceived by entrepreneur Elon Musk, a full-sized

Among the many reforms introduced when the Republicans took control of the U. S. House of Representatives in the 2010 elections was the elimination of “pork barrel” projects from transportation funding. They had been embarrassed by the stream of special interest bills for local highway projects (can you remember the