California Truckers Hate the Clean Air Laws
A long time ago, 1971 to be exact, I was in a car just peaking the crest on Hwy 5, at the Grapevine\Gorman Pass, just before you descend into the LA basin. To this day, I was shocked at the orange-brown layer of smog hovering and thinking, "God, do I have to go into that and breathe the air"?
Well, yes, and I did. I kept looking for signs of proof of the smog. I didn't notice anything but for a slight stinging in the eyes, which did not last. Once in the smog, to be honest, I did not notice anything. It was no different than anywhere else, I mean, I still saw the sun and blue sky and oddly, when you are in it, you just do not notice it as I did from the Gorman Pass.
Since then, California has become obsessed with clean air. Now, the air is very clean in many large urban areas.Obsessions are fine, at times, but they tend to extreme the extreme. For instance, in California, there are areas where no smog tests are requires, yet not more than 10 miles away, smog tests are stringent. The way around it is to have an address in that locale, but this is crazy. California gas is always more expensive than other states because the state requires refineries to make cleaner fuel, heck with the population who has to pay for it. Because refining "california" gas is special, there is less of it. California is tough on smog businesses and they can lose their license easily if the DMV sees any manipulation of results, using the wrong equipment for tests, or not following the procedures. Keep in mind, smog businesses are costly to start, at least $40,000 for the test computer. Yes, if your car is more than 30 years old, it is exempt from smog. But those built before 2000, are having a tougher time passing smog tests because of the rising air quality standards they test for. It seems like a big rip-off, smog tests are.
Now, California is going after the diesel trucks (diesel is actually cleaner than gas) in a major way. Your typical rig runs $160,000. Now, the state wants any rig older than 2006 models off the road, the sooner the better. They want all diesel trucks by 2023, to be not older than 2010 models to reduce their emissions. Th law impacts over a million trucks and 200,000 big 70 ft.+ rigs. The Feds are also applying weight on the state via highway funds and told California that several areas must be clean by 2014. The DMV has given the trucking firms with rigs and all others with trucks five years.
There is no other state in the US so extreme about clean air and prices will go up for any goods shipped by trucks, trucking firms have promised to pass it along to the consumer. Sometimes living in this state really sucks.