BIT Program Update on June 1
The California High Patrol will provide an overview on the Basic Inspection of Terminals (BIT) Program to Butte County Farm Bureau members on Wednesday, June 1 at 12 PM at the BCFB office in Oroville. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP their attendance. A law signed in 2013 approved changes to the BIT program that went into effect on January 1, 2016.
The new changes include the addition of a class of vehicles not previously included in the rule; category (J) commercial motor vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) between 10,001-26,000 pounds. This means that standard box pickup trucks or pickups that have an “altered” bed (flat bed, utility body, etc) with a GVWR of more than 10,000 pounds that are used commercially (associated with commerce or business) will be subject to the Motor Carrier Permit program which will then trigger the BIT program. Operators of category (J) vehicles will also be required to track hours of duty status as well as 90 day vehicle inspection records.
Category (K) includes any commercial motor vehicle (as defined in CVC subdivision (b) of Section 15210) with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds or a commercial motor vehicle of any GVWR towing a vehicle with a GVWR of more than 10,000 pounds. If you use a vehicle for your farming, ranching or affiliated business that meets the description above for Categories (J) or (K), please plan on attending this upcoming workshop. Call the BCFB office at (530) 533-1473 to RSVP for the meeting. There is no charge to attend for Farm Bureau members.
Photo courtesy of Holly Foster, Foster Ranch