Does a Chief have authority to override state law
With respect to the commercial vehicle laws in California and the pre trip inspection. If I am contacted by my Batallion Chief and told to "get on the road" to a non emergency planned event and I advise him that until my engineer completes the legally required pre trip inspection we will not be able to do so. He then restates his request and says thats an order.
Can I refuse this order as unlawful?
HELP - I'm faced with a decision that either has me violating CA state law or disobeying a direct order - what would you do?