Demystifying CARB Regulations
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has a well-earned reputation for being more heavy-handed than the federal EPA regulators. In the fourth installment of his “Understanding CARB Regulations” series, Joe Rajkovacz explains the four key enforcement areas in which drivers are likely to receive citations. Joe works for the California Construction Trucking Association, and as a former owner operator, is more than qualified to to share his knowledge of California regulations for Freightliner’s “Team Run Smart” blog.
FMCSA Acts Fast In School Bus Fatality Case
The FMCSA responded quickly after North Carolina truck driver Johnny Allen Spell failed to stop for a school bus signal. The violation resulted in the fatality of a child, and within three days, the FMCSA declared the driver to be an imminent hazard to public safety and ordered him not to operate any commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce.
The bus had engaged its warning lights and was unloading passengers on US Highway 421. The warning lights were ignored and the truck struck and killed a child as she was crossing the road. Spell is facing numerous charges including manslaughter. Unfortunately, North Carolina is like too many other states in its lax enforcement of school bus signal and school zone laws. Please exercise extra caution around school zones and school buses during these last few weeks of the school year.