Friday, December 18, 2009

Port of LA Extends Old Truck Deadline

Ban Put Back Till 30th April to Allow for Change Over
Shipping News Feature

LOS ANGELES / USA - The Los Angeles Harbor Commission has decided to delay its plan to forbid the use of older trucks within the Port of Los Angeles so as to allow truckers to continue operating their existing trucks past the January 1st, 2010 ban date.

The decision will allow hauliers that have purchased a new truck or are retrofitting with private funds to continue to operate their existing truck until April 30, 2010 while waiting for the new truck to be delivered or the retrofit to be installed.

The move comes after much protesting from drayage companies that are to be affected by the change and who believed that the deadline did not allow them enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

The Clean Truck Program at the Port of Los Angeles affects trucks equipped with engine model years 1993 and older, which will be banned from the Port. Additionally, trucks equipped with engine model years 1994 to 2003 also will be denied terminal access unless retrofitted with an approved diesel emission control system.

The restrictions coincide with similar regulations to take effect at all ports and rail yards in California,

To sign up for this latest extension, truckers need to be registered on both the State and Port Drayage Truck Registry by December 30 and they must provide a copy of a purchase order or other evidence of a commitment of funds for the new truck or retrofit to the Air Resources Board by December 31, 2009.

(pic: No longer welcome at Port of LA)