California truckers are outraged at the new RFID system which recently became mandatory, reports the Oakland Tribune. Drivers are required to have RFID tags to verify their truck’s compliance with the California Air Resources Board truck registry database. But hundreds of drivers were turned away either because the units were faulty or hadn’t been registered at all.
The Northern California Rail and Port Truckers Association stopped working, after hundreds of drivers were prevented from entering the port’s marine terminals, some facing long lines while waiting for others to talk to RFID kiosks testers.
Lakhbir Bhambra, the association’s vice president, said that was the last straw. Drivers cannot make up the money they lose waiting in line. They have to work to pay bills and truck expenses.
Bruce Wargo, representative for the terminal operators’ RFID program, replied by stating that 92 percent of the trucks were allowed to enter the terminals and he expected that the problems should be resolved within a few days.
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