BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - In the past six weeks, the California Highway Patrol has handed out over 250 code violations to truck drivers coming from the Camp Fire burn scar.
Officer Logan Callahan said 107 citations were handed out in the month of July for debris trucks. Of those 107 citations, he said 75 were mechanical violations, which in many cases has to do with equipment. Other violations include moving, speed or unsafe lane changes.
In the month of June, 178 citations were handed out, he said. Of those 178, 106 were for mechanical violations.
Mechanical violations often involve equipment, such as missing a license plate or not having the required reflectors on the rear of the truck.
"There are violations but when you look at the number of vehicles that are in and out commercial vehicle-wise though there .. the numbers I've heard over 1,000 trucks a day," Callahan said. "So when you put it in perspective that way a lot of the trucks out there are doing the right thing."
Callahan said mechanical violations don't necessarily make the trucks unsafe.
Dump truck drivers, like Varamjeet Singh, say they're under immense pressure to try to make three to four loads a day.
"We do have to face a lot of problems...We go to different places for the concrete and the ash debris, different scales different landfills - different people give us a hard time. They sometimes like to follow their rules at their property. We are in a hurry too to go back and get another load to do that job," said Singh.
Singh works 12 hours a day, six days a week.
Callahan says professional drivers and the public need to do their part to keep the roads safe.
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