The California Trucking Association Fights Regulations

The California Trucking Association Fights Regulations

The California Trucking Association is appealing the decision to reject their claim that the regulations imposed by the CARB, California Air Resources Board, are unfair.

The claim is that the regulations, which the CARB have imposed, are illegal in accordance with the FAAAA, Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act. This Act is supposed to stop the states from being able to control the trucking industries. However, this doesn’t seem to apply to California, who have imposed sanctions on truck drivers to ensure their diesel vehicles meet post-manufacturer emission tests or face not driving in California.

This puts an unnecessary strain on those businesses that can’t afford to upgrade their vehicles, resulting in smaller moving companies going out of business. Those that do manage to afford the upgrades will face increased costs to cover the price of new vehicles.  The prospect of upgrading current vehicles may come at a cost to the consumer as well as the business, with time for the modifications and potential business lost.

This fight between the California Trucking Association and CARB started in 2011 and has yet to be resolved.  Even though their current application declined, the California Trucking Association isn’t giving up.  They are there to fight for the rights of those business that will be affected.  They argue that the effect may extend to those people they employee, and it could result in higher unemployment.

The problem is CARB is using current organizations who are fighting for the right to have a cleaner environment, but everyone is forgetting the rights of the individual business owner.  CARB is determined to continue the fight, even if it means taking the fight to the highest courts possible.

It is important to understand the plight of businesses affected by this law, which the California Trucking Association claims to be a breach of the Federal Act, which was set out to prevent individual states to implement such policies.