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Broadcast January 8, 2023 – Wake Up America – Newsmax TV
Morano: This is California trying to dictate to the rest of the country. This is 10% of the commercial motor vehicles in the state of California. Keep in mind this is not democracy in action. This was passed in 2008 by a regulatory board and California’s unelected bureaucrats. The same exact board — California Air Resources Board — that passed the gas car ban by 2035, the gas-powered car ban, they are intentionally creating more havoc and chaos in California. This is literally the Great Reset in action in California. We have inflation, supply chains, and what better way to ramp it up than by getting 10% of the commercial trucks off the roads, creating more inflation, and higher price hikes, hurting the poor and middle class even harder.
California’s hammering Americans and don’t think the Biden transportation department isn’t going to love this the same way they love the gas-powered car ban, and they’re going to follow up on this. This is California dictating insanity to the rest of us. …
What are they going to deliver goods by? The World Economic Forum — and its part of this agenda — is everything you want will be delivered by drone. This is the world in which they live. California is vandalizing not only the energy grid with a green New Deal, but this is a vandalization of our transportation policy. It’s insane. And no one voted for it. These are unelected bureaucrats imposing this.
California’s ban on big rigs and buses made before 2010 goes into effect in January. – It’s the final rule in a set of clean air regulations the California Air Resources Board passed nearly 15 years ago. – SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Large trucks and buses made before 2010 will be prohibited from operating on California roadways starting Jan. 1. It’s the final rule in a set of clean air regulations the California Air Resources Board passed nearly 15 years ago. The rule applies to diesel vehicles that weigh at least 14,000 pounds. The air resources board said there are an estimated 200,000 vehicles that have yet to comply with the rule just days before the new year, including roughly 70,000 big rig trucks, or about 10% of the commercial motor vehicles operating in the state, according to trucking lobbying groups.
Why is California banning some big rigs from the road? The air resources board has said 2010 and newer engines do a better job of filtering out harmful particulate matter. “When we passed the regulations in 2008, it was to reduce community exposure of toxic air contaminants, it is 100% to protect public health,” said Gerald Berumen, spokesman for the air resources board.
To enforce the new rule, the California Department of Motor Vehicles will deny registration for vehicles that are not in compliance. The air resources board said it also has an enforcement unit that will audit fleets, do inspections, and issue citations if necessary. The agency is also working with the federal Environmental Protection Agency to help enforce the rule for vehicles coming from out of state.
Those who keep the vehicle but have the engine replaced with an engine made 2010 or later would be exempt from the rule.
Rajkovacz said as a result of the pandemic, the used big rig market is similar to the used car market right now: unaffordable for many, especially for small to medium trucking businesses. He noted California truckers would have to buy up 100% of the used market in the United States to comply with the new rule, which he said is impossible.
“We as an association are seeing members drop because of this rule, they’ve simply decided they’re not going to go out and spend $150,000 dollars on a truck that could lead them to bankruptcy,” Rajkovacz said.
New truck purchases are also hard to come by, with many truck makers closing order books early in the year, which Rajkovacz noted further complicates the issue. The industry is bracing for even more regulations that could affect trucking fleets across the state and country, as state regulators eye phasing out the sale of new diesel and gas-powered engines over the next two decades. “Do we think that is the future? Yes,” Rajkovacz said. “It’s an aspirational rule but nobody believes it’s building a bridge to the future, not when you’re trying to force a change.”