Clean Truck Concession Applications Now Available
Agreements outline pollution-reducing requirements of the landmark program
July 18, 2008
Applications are now available for trucking firms seeking to join the Port of Long Beach’s landmark Clean Trucks Program, which will reduce air pollution from trucks by 80 percent by 2012. Click here for the application and further instructions.
The concession agreement requires drayage trucking firms (licensed motor carriers) to:
- Register their trucks and drivers with the Port
- Ensure that drivers have federal Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC)
- Ensure that drivers adhere to local parking and travel restrictions
- Certify that the trucks they dispatch to terminals comply with Clean Trucks emissions guidelines
The concession agreement is the core of the Clean Trucks system, insuring that trucking firms adhere to pollution-reducing requirements at the risk of losing their right to operate in the Port.
Under the Port of Long Beach Clean Trucks Plan, trucking companies are permitted to hire employees or contract with independent owner-operators. Licensed motor carriers are required to pay an application fee of $250 plus an annual fee of $100 per truck.
“We encourage trucking firms to sign up quickly and join us in this landmark clean-air program,” said Port Executive Director Richard Steinke. “We need to move quickly to improve air quality while assuring that trade to continue to move smoothly.”
Under the Clean Trucks air quality improvement program, older big-rigs will be phased out of drayage service at the Port of Long Beach starting with a ban on 1988 and older trucks starting on October 1, 2008. By January 1, 2012, all pre-2006 drayage trucks will be banned from the Port.
To speed the transition to new, clean trucks, a $35 per twenty-foot container fee will be collected on all trucked cargo beginning October 1, 2008, to help pay for the $2 billion replacement of nearly 16,800 trucks that serve the ports. The Port will be offering truckers grants and a leasing program to acquire new trucks.