Drayage Truck Regulation
Dray-Off Information Page
This page last reviewed March 14, 2013
What is Dray-Off?
Dray-Off advisory flyer. Dray-Off Post Card.
Dray-Off is when a compliant drayage truck exchanges a port or rail
yard originated or bound container (either empty or full), a trailer
with bulk cargo, or chassis with a non-compliant drayage truck off port
or intermodal rail yard property anywhere within the State of
For Dray-Off Questions: Contact the Drayage Truck Regulation hotline at 888-247-4821.
Report Illegal Dray-Off Trucks:
Drayage trucks that engage in dray-off are circumventing regulatory requirements,
which adversely impacts the air quality of the surrounding communities and fosters an uncompetitive business environment.
The Drayage Truck Regulation was changed to include drayage trucks operating off of port or rail property. All trucks operating off of port or intermodal rail yard facilities while transporting cargos or empty intermodal equipment destined to or from California ports and intermodal rail yard facilities are now drayage trucks and must comply with the Drayage Truck Regulation. Violations will now be given to non-compliant drayage trucks that engage in dray-off activities. This also includes violations to dispatching motor carriers.
Read the Amended Drayage Truck Regulation for changes and updates.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- I operate a Mexico based truck that transports containers
back and forth across the Mexican border. I only go a few miles inside
California (For example: Calexico and Otay Mesa) and then return to
Mexico. I don’t travel near any ports or
rail yards in California. Which rule do
I need to follow?
It will depend on where the container is coming from or
going to. If it came from a port or rail yard, or will eventually end up
at a port or rail yard, then you need to comply with the Drayage Truck
- I was at an outreach meeting at the border in April and was
told that outreach flyers would be handed out after the meeting during a second
outreach phase. When will this be?
The flyers are currently (5/17/2013) being produced and will
be distributed during this final outreach phase. They will be distributed to truckers and
motor carriers operating near California’s borders for several weeks
thereafter. These flyers will serve as a
reminder that the Drayage Rule applies to ALL trucks operating in California,
regardless of origin, and how to tell which rule applies to your truck.
- Can my truck be cited for Dray-off while operating near the
Mexico / U.S. border and how much are the fines?
Yes. Both the truck owner and dispatching motor carrier are subject to fines of $1,000 for operating a non-compliant drayage truck.
- When will the regulation change begin?
The regulation amendments are effective now.
- Where can I find the definition of a drayage truck?
Read the Amended Drayage Truck Regulation for the definition of a drayage truck.
- When is my truck not a drayage truck?
A truck is not a drayage truck when the truck is operating off of port or intermodal rail yard land and the truck and cargo is not going to or coming from a port or intermodal rail yard destination.
- Can I transfer my drayage cargo to a noncompliant truck anywhere within the State of California?
No. The regulation applies to all drayage trucks within the State of California, regardless of how close to another state boundary a drayage truck may be.
- Can I transfer my drayage cargo to a noncompliant truck in another state, outside the state of California?
California's Drayage Truck Regulation does not affect drayage truck activities while operating outside of the state.
- If my cargo load is repackaged at a distribution center into a different trailer, can a noncompliant truck haul the changed up cargo?
For Distribution Facilities Located OFF Port or Rail Yard Property:
If the cargo has been repackaged onto a different trailer at a distribution center that is not located on port or rail yard property, then that cargo is no longer considered drayage. Trucks hauling the newly transloaded cargo will need to comply with Truck & Bus Regulation requirements.
For Distribution Facilities Located ON Port or Rail Yard Property:
If the distribution facility is located on port or rail yard property, the transloaded cargo is still considered drayage and all Trucks will need to comply with Drayage Truck Regulation requirements.
- If my truck is in compliance, am I in violation if a noncompliant truck picks up my load?
No. But the motor carrier responsible for dispatching the non-compliant truck is responsible along with the noncompliant drayage truck owner.
- Dispatch told me to take my cargo to California where a clean truck will take it to the port. I dont have a 'clean truck'. Am I in violation since I am hauling cargo that is going to the port, but I am not actually taking it there?
Yes, you are in violation as soon as you enter the State of California.