an assembly transportation committee approved legislation aimed
at pushing semis through the Port of Los Angeles. The measure
is being backed by labor unions and the trucking industry, but
is opposed by port terminal operators.
by Assemblyman Alan Lowenthal (D-San Pedro), truckers would
have to reach the outside gate of a terminal within 30 minutes
of getting in line. If they exceed the time limit, terminal
operators could be fined up to $250. The bill also makes it
a misdemeanor for the owner or operator of a terminal to pass
that fine on to an owner-operator. If the owner of a terminal
sends an owner-operator to a staging area outside the terminal,
they would be subject to a $750 fine. Exemptions would be granted
for terminals that stay open during non-peak hours.
In a release,
Lowenthal called the amount of smog emitted from idling rigs
"terrifying" and warned truck traffic at local ports
is expected to more than double within the next few years. "Something
has to be done," he said.
committee approved the measure 11-1. The bill now moves on to
the full Assembly.