“If you only derive a small percentage of your revenue from California, consider no longer operating there,” is how Ken Rutherford’s OverdriveOnline.com column started.
Rutherford went on to state several reasons why out-of-state operators would find it difficult to run a profit in California:
- CARB-certified retrofits on 1996-2006 trucks can const $15,000 to $20,000.
- Retrofitted trucks can lose up to ½ mile per gallon in fuel mileage.
- 2007 and newer trucks can cost twice as much per mile in maintenance than 2004 and earlier trucks and suffer from increased down time.