South Carolina ports to begin new truck emissions requirement Jan. 1

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | 12/20/2013

Trucks delivering or picking up at ports in South Carolina next month will need to have engines that comply with a new emissions program.

First announced in November, a new truck emissions program from the South Carolina Ports Authority will begin in January. It requires trucks entering the port to have engines made in 1994 or later.

The program also requires truck owners to enroll with the Clean Truck Certification Program by Jan. 1, according to a South Carolina Ports Authority news release. With compliance requirements in mind, the South Carolina Port Authority designed the program and its focus on engines with flexibility for trucking companies.

“The Port is committed to operating in a way that is mindful of the environment and good for business,” said Jim Newsome, the port authority’s president and CEO. “By implementing this program, we achieve a reduction in the air quality impacts resulting from an older truck fleet, and modernize the over-the-road equipment just as we are doing on terminal with newer equipment.”

A limited number of “hardship registrations” were made available to exempt truck owners who visited South Carolina Port Authority terminals at least 52 times in the previous 52 weeks. The hardship exemptions expire June 30, 2014.

Trucks that aren’t compliant and aren’t enrolled as a hardship registration will be allowed onto the port one time, the news release said.

Through November 2013, the state port authority doled out incentives of $5,000 plus scrap value to truck owners that upgraded truck engines. The incentives helped 84 trucks be upgraded during the last two years, the news release said.

The South Carolina Port Authority said it would conduct spot checks at port terminals to confirm the engine years of trucks enrolled in the program.

“The program pertains to all container facilities including the SC Inland Port,” the release states.

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