(a)(1) A broker of construction trucking services shall pay all transportation charges
submitted by a motor carrier of property in dump truck equipment by the 25th day following
the last day of the calendar month in which the transportation was performed, if the
charges, including all necessary documentation, are submitted by the fifth day following
the last day of the calendar month in which the transportation was performed. If there is a good faith dispute over a portion of the charges claimed, the broker
may withhold payment of an amount not to exceed 150 percent of the estimated cost
of the disputed amount.
(2) A broker who violates paragraph (1) shall pay to the motor carrier of property
in dump truck equipment a penalty of 2 percent per month on the improperly withheld
(3) In an action for the collection of moneys not paid in accordance with paragraph
(1), the prevailing party shall be entitled to his or her attorney's fees and costs.
(b) For purposes of subdivision (a), the following definitions apply:
(1) A “broker of construction trucking services” means any person, excluding a licensed contractor, that, as a principal or agent,
arranges for transportation services to be provided by an independent contractor motor
carrier of property in dump truck equipment and who is responsible for paying the
transportation charges of the motor carrier.
(2) A “motor carrier of property in dump truck equipment” means a motor carrier of property permitted by the Department of Motor Vehicles
that hauls any type of construction commodity or material in dump truck equipment.
(c) Subdivision (a) only applies if a motor carrier of property is in compliance with
Division 14.85 (commencing with Section 36000) of the Vehicle Code at the time the dump truck transportation work is performed.
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