Goss and Shubert recently wrote a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of the House and Senate Transportation Committees. “Tolls are gaining public acceptance as motorists see the benefits of electronic collection systems, as well as the negative impacts of the lost buying power of fuel tax revenues,” they wrote.
— Staff reports
STARTING JAN. 1, the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will stop assessing a Clean Truck fee on trucks with an engine year 2006 and older. Instead, trucks with an engine year 2006 and older will be banned from port marine terminals. The PortCheck website (pierpass-tmf.org) will remain open in January for payment of billed and accrued Clean Truck fees prior to Jan. 1, 2011.
Stolen cargo recovered in Los Angeles
As cargo theft increases nationally, Los Angeles law enforcement has asked for help concerning a series of regional cargo thefts.
On Nov. 3, the Los Angeles Police Department’s Commercial Crimes Division/Cargo-Hijack Detectives announced it was seeking assistance locating or identifying individuals responsible for San Fernando Valley cargo thefts.
That day, detectives discovered a warehouse containing stolen cargo of consumer goods in the Sun Valley area of the Foothill Division. Detectives arrested a man for the thefts and other suspects were questioned and released.
They also arrested four men in a related case in the Foothill area with a stolen load of cosmetics on Oct. 18. Detectives believe the cases are related and those involved are responsible in at least 19 thefts where truck and trailers have been stolen since July.
They have asked anyone with information about these thefts to call (213) 485-2509 or, during non-business hours, (877) LAPD-24-7.
CargoNet, a cargo theft prevention and recovery service, has assisted California law enforcement in recovering more than $1 million in stolen cargo. Since its creation in 1994, the service has assisted in the recovery of more than $237 million in stolen property, 5,500 vehicles and 1,850 cargo loads, and the arrests of more than 1,100 people.
Organizations including the American Trucking Associations, California Trucking Association and National Cargo and Security Council have formed an alliance to mitigate the problem. Transportation company security directors and law enforcement also have monthly meetings on the issue.
– Jill Dunn
NEW COMMERCIAL VEHICLE registrations in the United States for 2011 are set to increase 18 percent over 2010 and 33 percent over 2009, according to publisher R.L. Polk and Co. New registrations of gross vehicle weight rating Class 3-8 commercial vehicles remain 45 percent lower than the peak in 2006, when the market boomed in response to the impending change in diesel engine emissions regulations, Polk said.
Republicans block transportation jobs plan