regarding the Trailer licensing classification.
Horsemen, this has made it to the governor’s desk for signature!!! You can send the attached letter to support approval!!
September 25, 2021
Governor Gavin Newsom
1303 10th Street, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: Request for Signature – SB 287 – Recreational Trailer Licensing
Dear Governor Newsom:
As a California resident, I respectfully ask you to sign Senate Bill 287 (SB 287) which consolidates most recreational trailers under the Class C license. This bill allows California drivers to tow their recreational goose-neck horse trailers, between 10,001 and 15,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW), under a Class C License with a recreational trailer endorsement. Under current law, I may tow my living quarters-horse trailer for a weekend family excursion with my Class C license only if it has a GVRW or GVW under 10,000 pounds. However, the moment my trailer weighs one pound more, I am required to tow under a Class A license. In addition, I would have to pass a medical examination, undergo a 10-year history check, and pay the same fees as a commercial driver pays.
However, a fifth-wheel travel trailer weighing 14,000 pounds, traveling to the same destination for the same weekend excursion can be towed using only a Class C license with a recreational trailer endorsement. The tests and exams for the Class A license are appropriate for heavy commercial trailers but have been unfairly applied to families who must choose between foregoing the family trips or risk hefty penalties and fines.
Please afford recreational horse-trailer drivers the same protection under the law as fifth-wheel travel trailer drivers.
I respectfully request that you sign SB 287.
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