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Port Moves Forward With Clean Trucks Updates

June 28, 2018


The Port of Long Beach is moving forward with a requirement to ensure new trucks entering port drayage service meet the cleanest engine standards. The move is the first proposed tariff change under the 2017 Update of the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP) to accelerate the reduction of harmful air emissions from trucks.

“This near-term strategy focuses on trucks entering Port service for the first time,” said Heather Tomley, Director of Environmental Planning for the Port of Long Beach. “We are coordinating with the Port of Los Angeles to ensure consistency throughout the San Pedro Bay port complex.”

The ports are amending their respective tariffs to require new trucks that call at marine terminals meet 2014 engine model year emissions standards. The requirement takes effect Oct. 1 and applies to trucks registering for the first time in the Ports Drayage Truck Registry.

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved a first reading of the tariff amendment June 25 and is expected to finalize the change in July. The requirement does not apply to trucks already registered in the PDTR.

The tariff change is the first in a series of near-term and long-term steps the ports are taking to advance clean truck progress under the 2017 CAAP Update. New strategies seek to phase out older trucks, with a goal of transitioning to zero-emissions trucks by 2035.

Future steps include waiving the annual PTDR registration fee for near-zero and zero emissions trucks and charging a fee on cargo carried by trucks that do not meet near-zero and zero emissions standards. The latter is envisioned for 2020. The ports will conduct a truck rate study and feasibility assessments prior to proposing rate changes.

Each new component of the respective clean trucks programs is subject to board approval. At its June 21 meeting, the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners approved the 2014 engine model year requirement for new trucks entering port drayage Oct. 1.

Reducing pollution from heavy-duty trucks has played a major role in dramatic clean air progress at the San Pedro Bay Ports. Since 2005, the ports have reduced overall emissions of diesel particulate matter 87 percent, sulfur dioxide 97 percent and nitrogen oxides 56 percent, according to the most recent air emissions inventories.

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