Port of Oakland approves stringent truck emissions rule

| 10/14/2009

Truckers visiting the port of Oakland will need to meet new emissions standards beginning in January.

The port board voted last week to adopt a truck ban that takes effect Jan. 1. Beginning in 2010, trucks with engine year models 1993 and older will be banned from the port. Trucks with engine year models between 1994 and 2003 must be retrofitted with diesel particulate filters.

Trucks that don’t meet the emissions requirement will be turned away, the port said.

“This is another step that clearly demonstrates our commitment to a healthy community,” said Victor Uno, board president, according to a port statement.

The California Air Resources Board has a similar rule that will go into effect Jan. 1 and will be enforced at ports statewide. The CARB rule, however, allows noncompliant trucks to enter the port as long as information about the truck is documented and reported to CARB’s enforcement staff.

CARB’s enforcement staff, of course, can issue tickets to truck owners that aren’t in compliance with the rule.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer