Joe Rajkovacz

Bill would expand California lemon law to cover commercial trucks

SB 713 would modify the current California lemon law to newly apply to trucks heavier than 10,000 lbs. and under the operation of a business, without size exclusions, up to 18 months from the date of delivery or 100,000 miles of operation, whichever comes first.

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Alert to DOT: Industry shows unity against safety-rating change in light of CSA’s problems

Alert to DOT: Industry shows unity against safety-rating change in light of CSA's problems

A recent letter, urging DOT to scrap the Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking as premature, brings in a large variety of state and private industry associations as signatories, including ATA, OOIDA, NASTC and WSTA. The broad nature of the coalition should "indicate how seriously everyone views this issue."

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It’s complicated: Channel 19 year in review, part 3

It's complicated: Channel 19 year in review, part 3

Part 3 in this year in review, in which the "real Leroy Mercer" reared his head (sort of -- yeah, it's complicated), and Elves Trucking's time-card hours compliance strategy didn't look well in light of compliance-review waterboardings, and ...

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Regs outlook: Change is in the air

Between hope and a hard place: The potential import for owner-operators of a new federal administration as regards ELDs, speed limiters, CARB's pursuit of an Ultra-Low NOx emissions standard and more, from Western States Trucking Association rep and former O/O Joe Rajkovacz at NASTC's annual meeting.

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Driver voices raised against highway bill amendment to resolve state/federal legal conflicts

Driver voices raised against highway bill amendment to resolve state/federal legal conflicts

Protection of independent/small-fleet business freedom or "wage theft" from company drivers? A growing conflict over a highway-bill amendment as House-Senate conference gets under way.

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$400k trucks? Overdrive talks to CCTA’s Joe Rajkovacz about impact of emissions regs

A recent decision by a federal court denied the California Construction Trucking Association's appeal of the EPA’s greenhouse gas standards based on a lack of standing.

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Entry level driver training podcast: The data problem

What's dogged any training rule for the last 20 years? There's no particular evidence of a relationship between adequacy of training and drivers' safety on the road.

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Podcast: Legal delays as CARB rules ‘go hard-fast’

Podcast: Legal delays as CARB rules 'go hard-fast'

As lawsuits against the California Air Resources Board hit the same technical "buzzsaw" and get delayed and delayed, notes Joe Rajkovacz of the CCTA, deadlines for rules compliance come and go.

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Thursday round-up: What deer whistles, elections and NASTC’s annual meeting have in common

Tools designed to mitigate hazard, maybe? At least one of these, maybe two (and it's not the NASTC meet, I can assure you) doesn't normally work so well. Nonetheless, fingers can always be crossed...

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Big data blowback: Trucking goes to Congress over CSA

Big data blowback: Trucking goes to Congress over CSA

Behind the CSA bill -- H.R. 5532 would require FMCSA to revamp the CSA program, pulling scores and non-crash-associated data from public view in the meantime. Prognosis for the bill in the short term: Not good with a Democrat Party-controlled Senate, one watcher notes.

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