E-Communicator Article

The President's Column

By Steve Weitekamp
March/April 2018


We are in a period, hopefully not a permanent condition, of rapid and dramatic change for our industry. A terrific time for our Association to be preparing for our upcoming landmark convention in Sacramento April 17 to 22. Our agenda for the April 20th, Friday, General Business Session, will include a presentation from the Director of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Dean Grafilo and Bureau Chief Nicholas Oliver. These regulators will share with us the state’s vision of the regulation of Household Movers moving forward. There will be opportunity for members to ask questions and to meet with the regulators. For movers who are currently in compliance with the law, 7-1-18 is the date that Household Mover regulation transfers from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to DCA. This should look no different than 6-30-18.
The latest new development involves the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule. If you’ve seen me at a chapter meeting or called our office in the last several months, you’ve probably been relieved to hear that for California intrastate transportation ELD rule was not scheduled to be imposed until 12-31-2020. This was information that was provided by the CHP, and until this month, we were confident that it was correct. Unfortunately, we have been advised (later confirmed by the CHP) that the timeline, provided by the CHP, is incorrect and that they are working on a revised schedule which would probably mean rule enforcement effective 2-1-19. Use of the word “probably” in regard to a CHP regulation is unusual, but that is the best that we can provide at the moment as we are still waiting for the CHP to issue a Notice of Proposed Regulatory Action on the intrastate ELD rule.
As this is the last Communicator issue prior to our upcoming convention, it is important to acknowledge and thank CMSA Chairman John Lance for his year of service to the Association. Chairman Lance has served the Association and its membership well and will definitely be remembered for telling it like it is and getting it done. In addition to his monthly column, chapter visits, charity fundraising events, board and committee meeting, he has always been available for any Association business that can develop at a moment’s notice. Thank you, John, for all of your efforts in support of the movers of California and additional thanks to your wife, Bernadette, and your team at NMS Moving Systems, Inc. for their support.
You’ve seen it and likely even heard it, but now it’s up to you to take action. We’ve been working to put together a convention program that provides; education, fun and a memorable experience at the best possible value and think we’ve succeeded. The only thing missing is you. Please register for CMSA’s 100th annual convention today!

March/April 2018 - CMSA Communicator

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