All “California Only” Motor Carriers Assigned a US DOT Number

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 has changed as a result of legislation passed in 2013 requiring reform to CHP’s BIT Program. The assignment of a U.S. DOT number was completed earlier this year and is necessary so that CHP can upload the results of carrier and vehicle inspections into a federal database that tracks motor carrier safety performance. Read more

Non-Expiring Motor Carrier Permit

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 carrier is current with payment of their Unified Carrier Registration (UCR) fee.

Federal law makes it illegal for any state to charge an interstate motor carrier for intrastate operating authority. States are allowed to charge an “origination fee” for a permit. Read more

“Basic” Inspection of Terminal (BIT) Program Update

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 the changes. 

On October 3, 2013 Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 529 that will make significant changes to the BIT program. The bill was supported by all major trucking associations in California including the Western States Trucking Association. Read more

DOT Physical Savings for December

dot physicals month of december savings

Feds Start Enforcing California Diesel Regs

The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced October 8th that they were beginning to enforce California’s Heavy-Duty Diesel Truck and Bus Regulation on operators located outside the state, sending ripples of concern throughout the trucking industry and truck broker communities nationwide.

The announcement came during a hastily called telephone press conference detailing a nearly $400,000 “settlement” by Estes Express Lines, headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, for alleged violations of the California Air Resources Board (CARB) seven-year-old truck rule. Read more

WSTA Health/Dental/Vision Insurance Update

kaiserGroupLogoAn email was sent out announcing our new partnership with The Keiser Group. The office received many calls from interested members and it became evident we needed to clear up some confusion.

First, this past summer the association’s Board of Directors authorized a name change from the California Construction Trucking Association to the Western States Trucking Association. The change was made to reflect our growing diverse membership that is engaged in every mode of trucking operations. The new association name is on your invoices/statements and any other correspondence sent by us – don’t throw them away! Read more

FedEx Ground to Pay $228 Million to California Truck Drivers

A judge has approved a settlement in a case involving FedEx Ground and some 2,300 California based drivers who worked for the company between 2000 and 2007. FedEx Ground has agreed to pay $228 million to that narrowly defined class of drivers. Read more

Cameras on Arizona Freeway Monitor Commercial Trucks

ADOTNew road-side cameras and embedded sensors are taking the place of truck inspection stations along interstates in Arizona according to local press reports.

The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) the cameras are being placed along the Interstate on towers between Casa Grande Valley and Phoenix to monitor big rigs for weight restrictions and other regulations.

The Casa Grande Dispatch reports that the cameras are being installed near the Sacaton Rest Area on Interstate 10, the McGuireveille Rest Area on Interstate 17 and the Canoa Ranch Rest Area on Interstate 19.
The new system includes the cameras, sensors embedded in pavement and electronic signs that direct truckers to pull into a rest area for a secondary inspection. Read more

“Basic” Inspection of Terminal (BIT) Program Update

Major Changes Effective January 1, 2016

On October 3, 2013 Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 529 (Vehicles: motor carriers: inspections and fees – AKA: BIT Reform bill) sponsored by Assembly Member Bonnie Lowenthal. The bill was supported by all major trucking associations in California including the California Construction Trucking Association. Read more

Need a DOT Physical or Drug Collection?

dr_mIntroducing Dr. Marjorie Greene D.C. & Greene Light Testing Services

We are happy to announce Dr. Greene is opening an office in our building that will allow both the members and AADT clients to truly have a convenient “one-stop shop” for DOT physicals and drug/alcohol collection. Even better, Saturday office hours!

“It’s not every day a person can claim that opportunity came knocking on their front door, but as chance would have it, it came rolling up in a Freightliner!” said Dr. Greene about how she first learned about the association. “While giving my car a much overdue wash in front of the house, a crew of men arrived to redo the sidewalks of the neighborhood. Knowing one of the drivers would be a CDL holder, I began talking to him about my Certification to perform DOT Physicals and Drug Testing. Before I knew it, I was sitting down with Rudy Navarette in his office at CCTA.” Read more