California Highway Patrol responds to ABA/UMA letter regarding inspections

by UMA Staff

WASHINGTON, DC – In a letter dated March 17, 2022, Scott Michael and Peter Pantuso wrote the California Highway Patrol on behalf of the United Motorcoach Association and American Bus Association members.

The letter addressed the enforcement agency’s continued practice of conducting en route inspections of passenger carriers at Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Facilities (CVEF), weight and inspection stations.

In a response received by UMA this week, CHP acknowledged the FAST Act language and FMCSA’s interpretation that, “weigh stations are no longer considered a planned stop for the purposes of en route bus inspections.”

CHP further opined that, “Both laden and unladen buses are required to enter a CVEF when directed by regulatory signs pursuant to Section 2813 of the California Vehicle Code.”

“Any en route bus inspection, conducted as a result of an inspector-identified obvious or imminent hazard condition is considered an unplanned stop.” Further stating, “The CHP continues to direct officers to utilize sound, professional judgment, especially when selecting vehicles for inspections involving passenger transportation.”

“It remains to be seen whether the California Highway Patrol is prepared to comply with the Federal statutes,” said UMA president & CEO Scott Michael. “The letter spelled out continuing rationale for en route stops in locations without passenger facilities that we are trying to minimize, but let’s give them a chance. They have a very challenging task keeping our highways safe, and we respect that.”

UMA will continue to engage the California Bus Association as well as UMA Members to assure compliance with Federal standards limiting such stops.