California governor signs bill to improve safety around certain large vehicles, vetoes second bill that would require at least one of CARB's 11 board members be a small-business owner

Alison Gallant

Alison Gallant

Oct 19, 2011 – Land Line Magazine

GRAIN VALLEY, Missouri , October 19, 2011 () – Two California truck bills have met different fates on the governor’s desk.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law a bill that is intended to improve safety around certain large vehicles, but he vetoed an effort to impose a rule on the state’s Air Resources Board.

Previously SB341, the new law requires a construction vehicle in excess of 14,000 pounds that operates at, or transports construction or industrial materials to and from, a mine or construction site to be equipped with an automatic backup audible alarm.

Dump trucks already are required to be equipped with backup alarms on construction and mine sites.

Included in the new requirement are tractor-trailer combos used to pull bottom dump, end dump or side dump trailers.

In other action, the governor vetoed a bill that sought to place a requirement on the state’s Air Resources Board. AB135 mandated that at least one of CARB’s 11 board members be a small-business owner.

Board members are appointed by the governor to coordinate activities of air districts for the purpose of the federal Clean Air Act, and to reduce emissions in the state.

Among the requirements to qualify as a small business were to be an independently owned and operated business that is not dominant in its field of operation, and employing 100 or fewer people.

In his veto statement, Brown said that he agrees that people with business experience should be on the board. He pointed out that four sitting members have business experience.

“But, whether the air board should have one member, as provided in the bill, or four, is best left to the discretion of the governor,” he wrote.

A separate bill that addressed CARB failed to advance from committee. AB1099 sought to prohibit pre-1997 trucks from the state’s ports.

Opponents said the bill eliminated a CARB compliance option.

The Senate Appropriations Committee effectively killed the bill citing “potentially significant costs” for the state to identify vehicles that have been granted a CARB extension.

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