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 […]

“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

5 Advantages of Using Fuel Cards vs. Credit Cards

By Mecca Burris, TruckersB2B

Even with diesel prices dropping, fuel is still one of the largest expenses for carriers. The better you’re able to control that cost, the more profitable your business will be. One of the easiest ways to manage fuel costs is using a fuel card rather than relying on a corporate credit card or cash for diesel purchases. Read more

Big Changes Coming To BIT Program

There will be some important changes to the Basic Inspection of Terminals (BIT) Program effective January 1, 2016. Due to this, it is important to be vigilant about keeping close track of your company’s safety data because it monitored by the Compliance, Safety and Accountability (CSA) Enforcement Program of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Read more