CARB PROTECTIONS FOR TRUCKERS INCLUDED IN CALIFORNIA’S DIESEL & TAX BILL

After two years of negotiations, the California Legislature passed a 10-year, $52 billion transportation funding bill, SB 1 (Beall), on April 6th, which will raise $5.2 billion annually to fix the state’s roads and highways.  While the bulk of this money will come from diesel and gas tax increases, CTTA is pleased to let you know there are a few good things for the trucking industry that made it into the deal as concessions to the sector. More


CHP CLARIFIES NEW CELL PHONE PROHIBITIONS

Since California’s law prohibiting cell phone use while driving was amended last year with AB 1785, there has been some confusion about which devices towers are allowed to use while driving.  CTTA has worked with the CHP to help identify the parameters of Vehicle Code 23123.5.  Accordingly, the CHP has notified their enforcement personnel, as well as updated their Highway Patrol Manual, about the following clarifications:
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TOWERS SELLING BATTERIES MUST REGISTER WITH THE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION AND COLLECT $1 FEE



As of April 1, 2017, the “Lead Acid Battery Recycling Act” goes into effect, which requires that anyone, including a tow company, who sells lead-acid batteries in California (a “dealer”) collect a $1 California Battery Fee from a customer for each battery sold.  The dealer must pay the collected fee to the California Board of Equalization (BOE), however, the dealer is allowed to retain 1.5% of the fee as reimbursement for any costs associated with the collection of the fee. More