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  1. 01Trkr5150

    01Trkr5150 Bobtail Member

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    40 years non stop active driver owner operator past 12 years. im 63 yrs old now Bought a home in California things rolled along ok . kept everything paid.then Covid then california passing into law AB-5. now i never belived much would come from that gig law.it always seems like its there way to do selective enforcement when they pass that kind of stuff. everybody here was all sideways what it meant to the future of being a owner operator? just Bla Bla Bla.. i had my own operating authority in California a CA # not a MC # and a clean motor vehicle and a perfect saftey record and i thought im good.What i didnt see was the customer i was exclusivly dedicated to in all that panic went out and bought there own equiptment and out the gate i went and working in concrete plants and being part of there maintnance team left me with little chance to find that kind of work my equiptment was to heavy to pull tonnage. i had pulled end dump and ran a vacuum tank. but i kept trying to land somthing local then days turned into months money dried up and i still kept thinking i could save this ship from hitting the rocks only freight rates off loadboards and only having authority in california didnt help me, there was just no money in it and no options for finding a home for my truck. then insurance payment didnt get paid causing suspention in my CA #and i wound up in a spiral that just caused everything else to cascade into a bad spot to be in . so now i sit here and wonder how the heck do i get out of this mess. i still have my truck with a wet kit on it. im not apossed to runningit elsewhere just dont know if i can lease it on with someone running there authority anymore ? cant in california. then i fear my trucks a 2014 with 800k on it and nobody will load it? idealy would be nice to find a onsite gig for it at a landfill or a open pit mine or somplace where its not having to run a ton of miles but have no clue where that would be or how to find somthing like that. anyone have any other ideas that could get me out of a jam with a old truck and little to no money. dont seem very hopeful anymore. seems like another great big circle only to wind up in the same place again. id really like to hear other prospectives on this mess i got into . And just to warn you guys bringing a load into california these Carb emmissions guys are trying there best to cite trucks for just being in california without the smog stuff on your trucks so be carefull everyone
     
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  3. 4wayflashers

    4wayflashers Heavy Load Member

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    California ain’t playing around with the emissions stuff. I have a newer truck and filled out all the paperwork and am not 100% sure I can enter California. However, I don’t need to, so I won’t.

    If you plan to stay in trucking, I would leave California. They will have to allow trucks but they will likely only allow newer trucks and they won’t be nice about it.

    Im not from California and never regularly ran there and do not keep up to date on the new regulations and regulations and regulations.

    Best of luck
     
  4. cuzzin it

    cuzzin it Road Train Member

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    Is hanging the keys up an option ?
    Mentally and financially ?
     
  5. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

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    He’s in California so leasing to a carrier isn’t an option if they’re enforcing the AB5 stuff.

    Is moving out of the state an option? Research and visit places you’d be willing to move to and look for carriers in that area that have steady work and that will lease your truck on.
     
  6. 4wayflashers

    4wayflashers Heavy Load Member

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    Isn’t California filled with people who are descendants of peoples who drove horses and buggies across Indian country for hopes of a chance for a better life ? I’m always perplexed by how many now stay there while being slowly squashed by the state government.
     
  7. snicrep

    snicrep Medium Load Member

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    I drive an average later model company truck in and out of California, and have never been stopped.
     
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  8. Siinman

    Siinman Road Train Member

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    Maybe time to sell the truck and house and move to another state and start over. With AB5 law I would guess you will have no other option to run your truck without finding your own contract loads. Or stay and find a local gig working for someone else if you want to still drive and stay in the area. You sound like you are in a no win situation at this moment and the longer you wait the worse it is gonna get. Time to make a change has pasted and now is time for action.

    You could always go work for someone and then on your off time go find a direct customer for yourself. This will help you not get behind further at least and gives you a plan to start right away. Wishing you luck man!
     
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  9. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

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    Lots of truckers and others moving from California to Nevada and Arizona.
     
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