Day pass for long haulers still on table at Port of L.A.

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line staff writer | 5/19/2008

The Port of Los Angeles approved a clean truck concession agreement last week that will phase out local owner-operator truck drivers who aren’t company employees, but port officials say long-haul operators will be allowed infrequent port calls.

“There will be a day-pass provision,” said Arley Baker, the Port of Los Angeles’ top spokesman. “We know there will be some exceptions, and long haul pickup is a prime example. We will address those exceptions down the road.”

On Thursday, May 15, the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commission approved a plan to begin phasing out a portion of the thousands of local drayage drivers working at the port every day who aren’t company employees. The port plans to hold companies accountable for truck emissions, and with the Port of Long Beach will issue $2.2 billion for truck engine retrofit and replacement in order to meet 2007 emission standards by the year 2012.

By Dec. 31, 2009, 20 percent of port drivers will be required to be company employees. That figure jumps to 66 percent by December 2010, 85 percent by 2011, 95 percent by 2012 and 100 percent by 2013.

Joe Rajkovacz, OOIDA’s regulatory affairs specialist, has met with port officials and addressed the Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commission in support of the clean truck program.

“We’re very supportive of a day-pass system,” Rajkovacz said.

Geraldine Knatz, the port’s executive director, assured Rajkovacz and the commission months ago that a day-pass system would be put in place.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer

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