October 24, 2021

Deputy Matt & Others Who Serve

The individual voices and opinions of some first responders

CA Democrats Have Created Nationwide Goods Shortage

CA’s idiot democrat politicians running that state have created the nationwide goods shortage affecting all of us! I don’t make that claim lightly. Let me explain, and offer evidence.

In case you have been living under a rock, you may not have noticed that there is a shortage of all sorts of things in stores all across the nation.

Being under that rock, you may also not know anything about the HUGE backlog of cargo container ships off the CA coast waiting to get into the ports in Los Angeles. At last count I heard, there were nearly 100 container ships with nearly 1,000,000 containers on them off shore waiting to get into the port.

The reason (excuse) I have heard floated for this huge backlog has been manpower. Everything I have heard is blaming the lack of employees to move the containers off the ships.

But is this true? Would the news media lie? Would the state of California lie?
(The obvious answer is yes, CA and the news would most definitely lie to you)

While there may be some personnel shortages at the port, that is not the only problem. It appears that once again the arrogant morons in Sacramento who are out to save the planet are doing so at the expense of the humans who inhabit it. What do I mean?

CA, in its attempt to reduce pollution, has enacted numerous laws severely restricting use of “old” big rig trucks that are used to move all of those goods from the port to the rest of the country. The following was posted in a group I belong to, and I will include after it the research I did that verifies the information below.

“The NEWS says the California port situation is caused by a driver shortage.

Not so fast: It is in part caused by a California Truck Ban which says all trucks must be 2011 or newer and a law called AB 5 which all but prohibits Owner Operators.
Traditionally the ports have been served by Owner Operators (non union). California has now proposed banning Owner Operators.

Long term, truckers in California are not investing in new trucks because California has a law that makes them illegal in 2035. The requirement is to purchase electric trucks which do not exist in large numbers and are constrained by their short range.

And in the words of Paul Harvey, “Now you know the rest of the story”

BUSINESS
CARB (California Air Resources Board) to begin blocking certain trucks’ DMV registrations in 2020

Carriers domiciled in California with trucks older than 2011 model, or using engines manufactured before 2010, will need to meet the Board’s new Truck and Bus Regulation beginning in 2020 or their vehicles will be blocked from registration with the state’s DMV, the state has said.

The new “health-based requirements” will need to be met before a driver is allowed to register his or her truck through the Department of Motor Vehicles, CARB says. A new enforcement tool used by the DMV beginning in 2020 will automatically block 2010 and older trucks from registration.”

Not that I would remotely put it past the idiots running CA to shoot the entire country in the foot, but the above can’t possibly be true, right?

Well, sadly it is. A quick trip to two different websites, both run by CA government agencies, verifies it.

The CARB requirements specifically require all CA registered big rigs (listed as “drayage trucks” in the official documentation) to be 2011 or newer, or have engines that new or newer.

If you own a diesel truck, even a heavy duty pickup truck, with a GVW over 14,000 pounds, that is older than 2011, CA is not going to let you register it after 2023. This covers just about every box truck out there (picture moving trucks and delivery trucks). The same goes for all big rigs, but the changes for big rigs have been implemented on a somewhat slower basis, although they do have the same final deadline.

Don’t believe me, look at the chart from the CARB website (pictured, and direct link below).

That covers CA based shipping companies, but what about trucks from the rest of the country?
No worries, the City of Los Angeles took care of that! They happily joined in on effing over of the entire country.

The Port of Los Angeles requires all “drayage trucks” (big rigs) to meet CARB standards (what I discussed above) or else they will not be granted access to the port. Furthermore, in order to access the port, each truck has to pay an annual “clean air” fee of $2500.

So yes, the country as a whole is suffering because of the morons running CA. Even after I escaped that crappy state, I can’t escape their self-destructive legislation.

Don’t worry, because it is only going to get exponentially worse in a few years when they no longer allow diesel powered trucks at all. They are mandating 100% electric big rigs, which don’t even exist yet…

CA is literally holding the rest of the country hostage. This is absolute BS!
-Matt

Sources:
CARB pdf documenting truck age requirements: https://ww2.arb.ca.gov/sites/default/files/classic/msprog/onroad/porttruck/drayagevtruckbus.pdf

Port of LA’s Clean Air Program site: https://www.portoflosangeles.org/environment/air-quality/clean-truck-program

Port of LA’s rules, where it requires truck to meet CARB: https://kentico.portoflosangeles.org/getmedia/da03d1e1-0cd6-4e45-b2bb-c5538d4d7275/ctp-concession-agreement-application-checklist