An effort underway at the California statehouse would “throw a bone” the way of commercial truck owners.
During a legislative year in Sacramento notable for a pending diesel tax increase of 20 cents, one Senate bill would expand the state’s “Lemon Law” to cover commercial vehicles.
Most states have “Lemon Laws” but cover only vehicles under 10,000 pounds. Heavy trucks are treated differently under state laws.
California law only applies protections for poorly made vehicles weighing less than 10,000 pounds.
Sponsored by Sen. Joel Anderson, R-San Diego, the bill would cover vehicles at least 10,000 pounds.
Affected vehicles would be covered by the state’s protections if, within 18 months of purchase or within 100,000 miles on the odometer, one or more of the following occurs:
- The vehicle has been subject to the same repair two or more times for a condition that is likely to cause death or serious bodily injury; or
- The vehicle has been subject to the same repair four or more times; or
- The vehicle is out-of-service by reason of repair for a total of more than 30 calendar days since delivery to the buyer.
Anderson’s bill, SB713, is scheduled for consideration on Tuesday, May 9, in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association encourages professional drivers in the California to contact their state lawmakers in support of the protection for large trucks.
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This article was not written by Michigan Lemon Law.
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