Truck Back-up Alarms
SB 341 (Lowenthal) – Chaptered # 2011-235
Effective January 1, 2012, a new requirement was added to the California Vehicle Code to require a back-up alarm on most on-road trucks travelling onto mine and construction sites.
New CVC Code Section 27000 (d):
(1) A construction vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) in excess of 14,000 pounds that operates at, or transports construction or industrial materials to and from, a mine or construction site, or both, shall be equipped with an automatic backup audible alarm that sounds on backing and is capable of emitting sound audible under normal conditions from a distance of not less than 200 feet.
(2) As used in this subdivision, "construction vehicle" includes, but is not limited to, all of the following:
(A) A vehicle designed to transport concrete, cement, clay, limestone, aggregate material as defined in subdivision (d) of Section 23114, or other similar construction or industrial material, including a transfer truck or a tractor trailer combination used
exclusively to pull bottom dump, end dump, or side dump trailers.
(B) A vehicle that is a concrete mixer truck, a truck with a concrete placing boom, a water tank truck, a single engine crane with a load rating of 35 tons or more, or a tractor that exclusively pulls a low-boy trailer.