South coast ports crack down on polluters

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Nov. 8, 2007 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

In an effort to improve air quality in the vicinity of the port, the Los Angeles Harbor Commission on November 1st passed an amendment to their tariff implementing a rolling ban on older, "dirtier" trucks.  The Long Beach Commission met November 5th to approve an amendment to their tariff, implementing an identical ban to LA’s.  

Their schedule for retiring trucks from port service is as follows:
  • October 1, 2008 –    Bans pre-1989 trucks
  • January 1, 2010 –    Bans 1989-1993 trucks
  • January 1, 2010 –    Bans un-retrofitted 1994-2003 trucks
  • January 1, 2012 –    Bans un-retrofitted 2004-2006 trucks

    Meanwhile, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) is moving forward with their harbor truck rolling ban.  The schedule for retiring trucks will be a little more lenient than that for LA and Long Beach ports.  It bans all un-retrofitted 2004-06 trucks by 2014, instead of 2012.  The CARB rule is applicable to all ports in California (including Oakland, Hueneme, and Stockton) as well as all intermodal rail yards.  Unofficially, representatives for CARB have stated that the agency will support any effort by ports or other facilities to issue stricter requirements than their soon-to-be-published rule.

    While the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach intend to track truck engine and retrofit information and enforce the ban through Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology installed at each marine terminal, the forthcoming CARB rule is expected to only require stickers.  It is uncertain if the CARB ruling would also call on terminals or other facilities to enforce the rule whereby operators would be forced to turn away trucks that did not display the CARB sticker.

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