Port of Los Angeles prepares for Oct. 1 ‘Clean Truck’ launch

| 6/23/2008

The Port of Los Angeles is moving quickly to implement its Clean Truck Program.

The port’s Board of Harbor Commissioners approved several contracts last week to begin implementation of the emissions cutting plan by Oct. 1.

The Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles have each adopted versions of a Clean Truck Program, and each port will ban trucks with pre-1989 engines by October and all trucks that don’t meet 2007 emissions standards by 2012. Each port recently approved concessionaire plans with licensing fees and other restrictions, although Los Angeles is requiring drivers to be company drivers.

By Dec. 31, 2009, 20 percent of drivers at the Port of Los Angeles 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.

Port of Los Angeles officials have said they’ll create a system to allow long-haulers to make occasional port calls.

Port spokeswoman Teresa Adams Lopez confirmed that Los Angeles harbor commissioners agreed June 19 to spend $864,000 for a three-year contract with Quietco Environmental Services to manage the Clean Truck Program and educate licensed motor carriers about the program.

The commission also agreed to purchase $53.2 million worth of 100 liquefied natural gas trucks and 400 diesel trucks that meet 2007 emissions standards. The LNG trucks are from Sterling and Kenworth, while the diesel trucks will come from Volvo, Mack, Navistar International and Daimler Trucks North America.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer