This is a reminder that if you own or lease a commercial vehicle that operates at 10,001 pounds or more Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) or Combined Gross Vehicle Weight (CGW) that is registered with the California Department of Motor Vehicles, you are required to declare the gross/combined gross weight at which the vehicle(s) will operate. Pickup trucks with no body type modifications (e.g., utility bed added, stake, etc.) and an unladen weight under 8,001 pounds and a GVW of 11,499 pounds and under are excluded from this requirement.
Your registration card will display the highest weight in the GVW or CGW range that you report. Your vehicle must display the appropriate weight decal and the Commercial Vehicle Registration Act (CVRA) year sticker. The weight decal displayed must match the reported GVW or CGW shown on your registration card. The appropriate CVRA fees must be paid prior to operation of the vehicle. Commercial vehicles may be registered on a Partial Year Registration basis.
For your reference, Declared GVW Vehicles are those that haul a load, but do not pull another vehicle. The weight equals the total unladen weight of the vehicle plus the heaviest load that will be transported on the vehicle.
Declared CGW Vehicles are vehicles that pull another vehicle. The weight equals the total unladen weight of the combination of vehicles plus the heaviest load that will be transported by that combination of vehicles. For instance, if you tow a trailer or other vehicle (e.g. a truck loaded with equipment pulling a trailer loaded with bricks), it is critical that you declare the total, combined, gross operating weight of the combination of vehicles.
For more information, visit www.dmv.ca.gov
It is imperative to know the specific requirements for the Red Routes that you will be traveling. Red Routes have highly individualized constraints for travel and the onus is on you to know these limits. Many of the Red Routes’ constrictions include “No through moves” and contacting the California Highway Patrol (CHP) 10 days prior to the move. If you are required to have a CHP escort, the permit writer must receive confirmation from the CHP before releasing the permit. In some instances, the CHP and the pilot car(s) are required to move the load on particular Red Routes.
There is a provision where you can request a revision to a Red Route. In order to request a Red Route Revision, you must use the “Red Route Summary Table Revision Checklist,” the “Route Classification Guide,” and the “Red Route Summary Table.” You may ask, “Is that all?” Well, actually, no. You must also provide the information listed below.
- Memo from the Caltrans District(s) in which the Route(s) are located, signed by the Traffic Operations Manager or the Truck Services Manager (with a copy to the Traffic Operations Manager) that includes the following information:
- Route information pertaining to the area being classified such as type of route (two-lane divided, express way, etc.), limits using post miles and/or cross streets, cross sectional dimensions (before and after construction if applicable), and shoulder width.
- Effective date of revision (i.e. date when change can be made).
- Detailed reason for the revision.
- Statements that all applicable issues were addressed and all subject matter experts, affected parties, and other pertinent personnel were contacted for input and any comments received were considered. Truck movement was/was not considered. If truck movement was not considered, then you must state the reasons why.
- Recommendation containing all the necessary information and in the same format as a Red Route Summary Table entry.
For more information, please see www.dmv.ca.gov/Red-Route-Summary-Table.
Cargo Securement Requirements
Below are key Cargo Securement Requirements of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
- Proper use of tie-downs is that each tie-down is required to be attached and secured in a manner that prevents it from becoming loose, unfastened, opened, or released while a vehicle is in transit.
- Edge protection must be used whenever a tie-down is subject to abrasion or cutting at the point where it touches cargo. Edge protection must resist cutting, abrasion, and/or crushing.
- Unmarked tie-downs may be used. However, in the case of unmarked welded steel chain, it must have a working load limit to that of 30 proof coil. Other types of unmarked tie-downs must have a working load limit equal to the lowest rating for that type in the table of working load limits.
- The FMCSA does not require the rating and/or marking of anchor points.
- Cargo that may roll must be restrained by chocks, wedges, a cradle or other equivalent means to prevent rolling.
- Carriers must meet the “Minimum Working Load Limit for Cargo Securement Devices and Systems” AND meet the “Required Minimum Number of Tie-Downs”.
Please note that commodity-specific rules which apply to our industry always take precedence over the general requirement rules.
For more information, visit www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/cargo-securement/cargo-securement-rules.