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CTA Policy Committees are populated by members from across the state.  Ideally, there are members in each Policy Committee from each Unit.  These members become experts in the committee’s topic areas.  The Policy Committee reviews the issue, assigns a task force or subcommittee for in-depth evaluation if necessary and makes a recommendation to the Board/Executive Committee for action.  These committees meet in conjunction with the Board and Executive Committee or at other times, if necessary.

Committee members analyze and recommend policies that promote market-based approaches to meeting state and federal environmental requirements.  The committee examines local, regional, statewide and federal regulations, laws and proposed legislation to determine the impact on California carriers from competitive and compliance perspectives.  Committee members are expected to learn and be capable of evaluating the impact of these regulations on their own businesses.


Committee members review the tax and fee structure of city, county, state and federal government with respect to motor carriers and truck operations. Committee members review size, weight and permitting regulations of all levels of government and consider the efficiency and productivity impacts on the trucking industry.  Committee members also examine government regulations that impact truck operations in matters other than safety and environment, such as truck routing, customs, trade agreements and requirements on cross-border operations.  The Committee recommends policy positions in all these matters.  Committee members are expected to learn and be capable of evaluating the impact of taxation, size, and weight, regulations and trade on the industry and their businesses.

Committee members are kingpins who engage in presenting the industry to local, regional, and state elected officials.  Kingpins will communicate and develop a relationship with the legislator who represents his/her place of business or personal domicile. They explain the issues and concerns of the trucking industry, attend events, and contact legislators when a call to action arises. Knowledgeable kingpins develop important outreach between the trucking industry and elected officials. Kingpins are the voice of trucking.

Committee members examine and recommend positions on safety practice, regulations and proposed or pending legislation with respect to personnel, equipment, operations and security matters. Committee members evaluated and recommend direction for Association safety programs, including the Fleet Safety Contest, the California Truck Driving Championships, the Driver of the Month/Year Program, and the Annual Motor Carrier Safety Symposium.  The Committee examines human resource issues, such as wage and hour or OSHA standards, and recommends guidance and policy direction. Committee members are expected to learn and be capable of evaluating the impact of safety, security and personnel practices in the industry and their own business.