California Bills that are currently in the Senate are making their way to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk will impact drivers. The bills address medical certification, household goods movers and video cameras.
Current California law prohibits motor carriers operating solely within California from hanging objects on windshields that may obstruct or reduce a driver’s view.
AB2477 would change that. If passed, the bill will allow the use of video cameras on intrastate truck windshields.
Another bill that is expected to pass will make texting and driving a “serious traffic violation.”
In addition, “CDL holders operating interstate now are required to provide proof from a doctor to state licensing offices that they are healthy enough to get behind the wheel. Failure to certify by early 2014 could result in a downgrade of licenses and possible suspension,” Land Line Magazine reported. “States such as California have every incentive to adopt the federal rules. Failure to meet deadlines could cost states 5 percent of their federal highway funds. Decertification of the state’s CDL program is another potential punishment for inaction.”