CA AB 3151



Mike Gipson
State Capitol, P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249

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Updates provisions of intermodal roadability inspection program.



Expands provisions of intermodal roadability inspection program to apply to a “port terminal,” defined by the bill to mean an ocean marine terminal or other terminal within a port master plan area. Requires, instead of authorizes, a port terminal to conduct the intermodal roadability inspection program in lieu of the current provisions, and would delete the conditions relating to the number of chassis based at the ocean marine terminal and the receipt of prior satisfactory compliance ratings. Includes container connecting devices, mud flaps, and frame damage to the areas covered by the inspection. Requires the inspection to include verification that other specified inspections are current. Require defects noted on an intermodal chassis to be repaired within 10 days after the inspection, and before the intermodal chassis is released from the terminal, the violation of which would be a misdemeanor. Extends the period a port terminal is required to retain inspection records to 6 months. Requires the department, if a port terminal fails reinspection, to direct the port terminal operator to conduct additional terminal inspections at 30-day intervals, until the port terminal is in full compliance with intermodal roadability inspection program requirements.

Prohibits an ocean marine terminal provider from threatening, coercing, or otherwise retaliating against a commercial driver for contacting a law enforcement agency with regard to the physical condition of an intermodal chassis or for requesting that the intermodal chassis be reinspected or repaired. Expands that prohibition to apply to threats, coercion, and other retaliation made by a port terminal operator, independent equipment provider, trucking company, or any other superior. Provides that a violation of the Vehicle Code is a criminal offense. By creating new crimes, and by expanding the crime of perjury, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. Provides that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.



Pending Committee action.



02/16/2024 Read first time in Assembly.
03/18/2024 Passed from committee with amendments. Amended and re-referred to Assembly Committee on Transportation. Read second time in Assembly and amended.
03/19/2024 Referred to Assembly Committee on Transportation.