Q: Andrew Gates of Riverside asked what Riverside police are doing to enforce the law that bans trucks with four or more axles from driving on Alessandro Boulevard. Gates said he sees large trucks often, up to 7 to 10 per week, but he doesn’t think any have been pulled over by police. “This not only is a dangerous situation, but very destructive to our roads given the curves and incline,” he said.
A: The department receives “multiple” complaints weekly about the trucks on Alessandro Boulevard and this is a continuing problem despite the obvious presence of the posted axel restriction signs, said Sergeant Ryan Taack from the Riverside Police Department Traffic Division.
“Our motor officers work this area almost daily, both during the morning hours, and during the evening as well. With the addition of all the new warehouses around the east end of the city, we are seeing an increase in the commercial traffic,” he said. He also said a lot of the commercial traffic appears to be taking a shortcut to reach the 91 Freeway.
Here’s what the traffic division is doing about the trucks:
• Continual enforcement throughout each week as time permits.
• Officers contacted management, in person, at the local the Amazon facility to express concerns and request axle restriction advisements be disseminated to their drivers.
• The city of Riverside Traffic Engineering Department has been in contact with Garmin GPS and provided information in regards to the routes with axle restrictions (this includes the new restrictions on Van Buren Boulevard).
• Conduct a joint enforcement effort with the California Highway Patrol that involves a commercial enforcement checkpoint.
Q: Paula Galindo of Chino Hills asked how FasTrak collects fines from violators who use their lanes illegally, without a transponder. “If they have trouble doing so, do the courts get involved?” she asked.
A: FasTrak is a preestablished electronic toll payment account, which is how users pay tolls on certain tolled roads and bridges throughout California. Eugene W. Fields, media relations manager for the Transportation Corridor Agencies (operators of The Toll Roads of Orange County), said every tolling agency in California offers FasTrak accounts to drivers. Drivers need to establish an account with the agency that operates the road, lane or bridge they want to use. Each tolling agency has its own rules, minimum requirements and processes, Fields said, adding that FasTrak is used to collect tolls (or user fees), not “fines” for non-payment of tolls.
On The Toll Roads locally, drivers have several payment options in addition to FasTrak, as explained at www.thetollroads.com. If a driver fails to pay the toll(s), this may result in additional sanctions such as a Department of Motor Vehicle hold being placed on the vehicle’s registration renewal, tax intercepts, and/or civil judgements, all in accordance with the California Vehicle Code, Fields said.
Watch this short video to learn how FasTrak works and about its history: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-19BVtfjU9o.
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