Government, Business

Truckload Carriers Raise Rates, Surcharges in Response to New California Taxes

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Several truckload carriers are currently negotiating with shippers to add new surcharges or otherwise raise rates to haul freight through California after state lawmakers raised fuel taxes and other fees as of Nov. 1, Transport Topics has learned.

Ari Ashe | Staff Reporter
December 6, 2017
Government, Fuel, TCA

California GOP Rallies Around Measure to Repeal New State Gas Tax


Organizers of a campaign to qualify a ballot measure that would repeal the state’s gas tax and new vehicle fees unveiled their growing coalition Oct. 18 at the state Republican Party headquarters, where GOP gubernatorial candidate John Cox said he will make a “substantial” donation to the effort.

Melody Gutierrez | San Francisco Chronicle
October 19, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

Coming Soon to California: Cars Without a Human Behind the Wheel


California took another step Oct. 11 toward permitting testing of self-driving vehicles without a human driver, continuing a shift away from previous policies that companies criticized as being overly restrictive.

Ryan Beene | Bloomberg News
October 11, 2017
Government, Fuel, Logistics, TCA

California Republicans Spot Political Opportunity in Fight for Repeal of New Gas, Diesel Tax

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Just weeks before it takes effect, California’s new gas tax increase is again under attack, with Republicans mounting a growing campaign against the higher levies.

Patrick McGreevy and Christine Mai-Duc | Los Angeles Times
October 9, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Fuel

California Considers Following China With Combustion-Engine Car Ban

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The internal combustion engine’s days may be numbered in California, where officials are mulling whether a ban on sales of polluting autos is needed to achieve long-term targets for cleaner air.

Ryan Beene and John Lippert | Bloomberg News
September 26, 2017
Government, Fuel, TCA

Ballot Measure in the Works to Roll Back California’s New Gas Tax Hike

David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

A proposal for a second ballot measure to repeal a new 12-cent-per-gallon gas tax was filed with the state Sept. 14, with backers boasting they have 200,000 Californians pledged to sign the petition to qualify the initiative for the November 2018 election.

Martin Wisckol | The Orange County (Calif.) Register
September 19, 2017
Government, Business, Logistics, TCA

California County May Halt New Trucking Terminals as Tensions Rise

Sutter County California

Sutter County may move to temporarily halt any new trucking operations in unincorporated areas as tensions mount with area residents over trucking terminals off Highway 99 south of Yuba City.

Joshua Gutierrez | Appeal-Democrat (Marysville, Calif.)
September 14, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Equipment, Autonomous

Big Changes Seen in Truck, Bus Design

Daimler's Future Truck 2025 In-cab view of Daimler's Future Truck. (Daimler AG)

California is the “incubator” for commercial vehicle innovation that will spread throughout the nation, generating a wave of new powertrains and driver-assistance technologies designed to decrease truck emissions and increase safety and freight efficiency, a vehicle engineering consultant said.

Jonathan S. Reiskin | Associate News Editor
August 31, 2017
Business, Fuel

Ban on Toxic Acid May Test Californians’ Thirst for Cheap Fuel

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Californians are used to paying more for gasoline, but that may be tested soon if a pair of Los Angeles-area refineries are forced to stop their use of a toxic chemical

Hailey Waller and Robert Tuttle | Bloomberg News
August 18, 2017
Government, Logistics, TCA

With California’s New Gas Tax Approved, Caltrans Is on a Hiring Spree as Construction Work Ramps Up

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Vallejo native Chris Haynes had just finished high school when he signed up to work for the California Conservation Corps, a job that took him down back roads across the state. But wherever he went, he saw Caltrans workers too.

Erin Baldassari | East Bay Times
August 18, 2017