The California Air Resources Board voted April 25 to amend some of its emissions regulations deadlines, giving new alternatives to owner-operators and small fleets who were unable financially to comply with the original rule. The amendments passed 11-1, though with some additional changes requested by the Board.

Final versions of the amendments will be produced within the next few months and will have a 15-day public comment period, after which CARB will put them into effect.

massmanCalifornia “seems to be the breeder” of regulations, said Bob Massman, vice president of Dependable Highway Express and president of the California Trucking Association.

Speaking to attendees at the Great West Fleet Executive Conference in Las Vegas during a panel discussion Wednesday, Massman and others also addressed carriers’ avoidance of the Golden State, the driver shortage, electronic onboard recorders and the new hours of service regulations.

Overdrive does the industry’s most authoritative annual survey of the owner-operator population. The latest report, just out, says demand for your services is high and the balance of leased and independent operators continues to shift.

Here are six key points from the survey, conducted by Commercial Motor Vehicle Consulting: