South Coast Air Quality Management District has issued an advisory
to truckers and trucking companies to let them know about a new
state law that fines ports for making trucks idle too long.
AB2650, port terminal operators will be fined every time they
make a trucker wait – and idle – more than 30 minutes. Truckers
would not pay fines under the law.
law was passed last year and signed by the governor in September
2002. It became effective in July of this year.
also would fine terminal operators who divert trucks to freeways
or remote staging areas to avoid the law. And it would prohibit
passing the cost of fines to truck owners and operators, according
to the General Assembly’s Web site.
operators could be fined $250 for every truck in violation. Since
some terminals handle roughly 2,000 gate moves each day, and many
truckers have historically waited an hour or even longer to pick
up loads, those fines could add up quickly for slow-moving terminals.
state’s notice noted two ways ports are coping with the new law:
longer gate hours for trucks - 70 or more hours per 5-day work
week with fully staffed gates;
an appointment system for entry into the terminal.
are encouraged to make appointments with terminal operators to
who are forced to wait and idle more than 30 minutes can report
offenses. In Southern California, truckers can call the South
Coast Air Quality Management District at 1-800-CUT-SMOG (1-800-288-7664).