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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (ChurchMilitant.com) - The state of California is taking action to further cripple Joe Biden's already-faltering supply chain in the United States.
Starting on Jan. 1, 2023, California banned roughly 76,000 trucks from the Golden State's roads and highways. This ban took effect as part of so-called clean air regulations from 2008 that are now being implemented. The regulations forbid any diesel vehicle weighing over 14,000 pounds and built between 2006 and 2010 from operating on California roads.
Any vehicle larger than a mini-bus weighs over 14,000 pounds, and close to 80,000 trucks have engines from between 2006 and 2010.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) attempted to explain the ban.
As heavy-duty on-road vehicles are such a significant source of pollutants, the Truck and Bus Regulation is one of the most far-reaching and important tools to reduce smog-forming and toxic emissions and protect public health in disadvantaged communities. It is a key element in CARB's Diesel Risk reduction plan and the State Implementation Plan, both of which are designed to provide clean air for Californians by helping to meet state and federal health-protective standards.
Moving forward, California's Department of Motor Vehicles will deny registration to trucks that do not comply with the restrictions. CARB will also conduct audits of commercial truck fleets and hand out citations for noncompliant vehicles.
The crackdown comes at a time when the U.S. supply chain is already strained due to previous environmental restrictions and soaring fuel prices.
California is home to the United States' two largest ports for commerce. The largest, Los Angeles, takes up 43 miles of the coast and last year moved the equivalent of nearly 9.5 million 20-foot shipping containers. The second largest is Long Beach port, which has eagerly adopted so-called eco-friendly policies over the years.
In July, truckers protested a worker classification rule signed into law by sham-Catholic Governor Gavin Newsom that made it harder for truckers to work independently. The protests shut down the state's third-busiest port for five days.
Due to the new restrictions, there are 76,000 fewer trucks in California legally permitted to transport goods using these major ports.
Joe Rajkovacz, director of governmental affairs for the Western States Trucking Association, warned, "You can't take that big of a percentage of the vehicles off the road. With the slowdown in the economy, it remains to be seen what the impact will be."
Enabled by President Biden, the radical Left's policies have already brought about inflation, recession, supply shortages and an energy crisis.
During COVID-19 restrictions, President Biden targeted truck drivers when pushing abortion-tainted jabs on American workers.
In 2021, hundreds of container ships were seen waiting off the coast of California due to a supply chain backup that is just now starting to ease.
Meanwhile, CARB has proposed an even further-restrictive plan to ban all gas and diesel trucks from the Golden State by the year 2045. Leaders in trucking and the trades agree the zero-emissions timeframe is unrealistic.
But despite warnings of the damage these policies will do to the economy, to supply chains and ultimately American families, California continues blazing the way for the radical left.