The department shall regulate the safe operation of the following vehicles:

(a) Motortrucks of three or more axles that are more than 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight rating.

(b) Truck tractors.

(c) Buses, schoolbuses, school pupil activity buses, youth buses, farm labor vehicles, modified limousines, and general public paratransit vehicles.

(d) Trailers and semitrailers designed or used for the transportation of more than 10 persons, and the towing motor vehicle.

(e) Trailers and semitrailers, pole or pipe dollies, auxiliary dollies, and logging dollies used in combination with vehicles listed in subdivision (a), (b), (c), or (d). This subdivision does not include camp trailers, trailer coaches, and utility trailers.

(f) A combination of a motortruck and a vehicle or vehicles set forth in subdivision (e) that exceeds 40 feet in length when coupled together.

(g) A vehicle, or a combination of vehicles, transporting hazardous materials.

(h) Manufactured homes that, when moved upon the highway, are required to be moved pursuant to a permit as specified in Section 35780 or 35790.

(i) A park trailer, as described in Section 18009.3 of the Health and Safety Code, that, when moved upon a highway, is required to be moved pursuant to a permit pursuant to Section 35780.

(j) Any other motortruck not specified in subdivisions (a) to (h), inclusive, or subdivision (k), that is regulated by the Department of Motor Vehicles, Public Utilities Commission, or United States Secretary of Transportation, but only for matters relating to hours of service and logbooks of drivers.

(k) A commercial motor vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating of 26,001 or more pounds or a commercial motor vehicle of any gross vehicle weight rating towing a vehicle described in subdivision (e) with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds, except combinations including camp trailers, trailer coaches, or utility trailers. For purposes of this subdivision, the term “commercial motor vehicle” has the meaning defined in subdivision (b) of Section 15210.


This section is amended to require operators of vehicles described in Section 34500 (k) VC, to initiate 90-day vehicle safety inspections

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Biennial Inspection of Terminals (BIT) Program is re-named as the Basic Inspection of Terminals (BIT) Program. The 25-month mandate to inspect every truck terminal is repealed and will be replaced with a performance-based inspection program.

Subsection (k) of Section 34500 VC (two-axle motor trucks over 26,000 pounds) is added to the list of vehicle types subject to the new fee structure of BIT inspection. Adding motor carriers operating these vehicle types will allow the Department to use data contained in the (TBD) performance-based inspection program thereby identifying non-compliant motor carriers consistent with the process used by the FMCSA.

The 4-month lease and motor carrier "assumptions" is repealed. In a performance-based inspection program all safety data entered based on the carrier actually engaged in the transportation may be used to conduct inspections. Having lease agreements and assumptions under the old BIT Program is not longer necessary in the proposed (new) inspection process.

Terminal "consolidations" are eliminated. In a performance based inspection program, every terminal will be subject to routine safety inspections as necessary, but will only be inspected when there are new terminals, or if the safety records shows a declining level of compliance, or as a matter of quality control (time permitting) every 30 months (not mandated).

The requirement that the CHP adopt a performance-based inspection program in regulation is added.

The "Administrative Review" and the "certificate" of consistent "S" inspection ratings is repealed. These are no longer necessary in a performance-based inspection program.