California Doubles Down on Anti-Trucking Laws — Supply Chain Woes Expected to Worsen

California Doubles Down On Anti-Trucking Laws — Supply Chain Woes Expected To Worsen

( – California’s rules and regulations are notoriously strict. In fact, anything to do with the state requires compliance with a multitude of agencies and inspectors. When it comes to truckers, the Golden State is particularly harsh, refusing to budge on a climate change-induced rule more than a decade old that experts say could make things even worse for the supply chain.

According to Overdrive, the rule, updated in 2015 by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), has the potential to remove up to 80,000 trucks from the state’s fleet. The issue lies in a diesel cleaner installed in vehicles since 2010. Trucks with engines older than 2006 have already been banned, leaving any business, owner-operator, or private citizen using a commercial-grade diesel engine dating from 2007 to 2009 out in the cold. If they can’t make costly upgrades to engines newer than 2010, they can’t register or operate them at all.

Several trucking associations are trying their hardest to work with government officials to ease the restrictions. The industry has the same issues as the auto industry: parts are hard to find due to supply chain issues. With the country attempting to get back on its feet after more than two years of the coronavirus, it’s not the best time to pull 17% of California’s fleet carrying goods from some of the busiest ports in the world.

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