Port of Oakland: no money for retrofits, no enforcement delay

| 11/18/2009

Truck drivers who own their own trucks and work at the Port of Oakland learned Monday, Nov. 16, the port is out of money and truckers are nearly out of time to comply with impending emissions regulations at the port.

More than 100 truckers reportedly attended a meeting Monday at the Port of Oakland to learn that a $22 million fund to pay for new trucks and diesel particulate filters had been emptied after nearly 1,000 grants to truck owners, leaving about 1,000 more eligible truck owners without help.

On Jan. 1, 2010, 1993 model year engine diesel trucks and older – as well as 1994 to 2003 model year engine trucks that aren’t retrofitted with diesel particulate filters – are banned from entering the port.

The Oakland Tribune reported Tuesday that California Air Resources Board representatives told truck drivers that applicants who qualified for a new truck grant and who complete a purchase order by Dec. 4 can receive an extension to get into the port next year.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer