House bill prohibiting slow port operations at Oregon marine terminals
proposal called for prohibiting ports from making a truck tractor
wait longer than 30 minutes before beginning loading or off-loading
container cargo at a marine terminal.
HB2040, a terminal operator would be subject to a $300 fine if
it made a truck wait longer than 30 minutes, and each delayed
truck would be a separate violation. Terminals attempting to avoid
requirements in the bill by diverting a truck to area roadways,
alternate staging areas or forcing the truck to wait inside the
gate would have been subject to a $600 fine.
bill, which was in the House Transportation Committee when lawmakers
adjourned Aug. 27, would have applied to ports with marine terminals
that process 100,000 or more 20-foot equivalent unit containers
state failed to pass similar legislation earlier this year. HB1661
called for fining terminals $250 on every truck waiting longer
than 30 minutes to enter a gate. A terminal would have been fined
$700 for each diverted truck.
bill would have exempted terminals that operate an appointment
system or maintain a fully staffed gate two hours before and after
peak morning and afternoon times.
similar bill passed last year in California and is already in
effect. Port operators there face fines if they make trucks wait
and idle more than 30 minutes to load or unload. In addition,
under the California law, terminal operators are forbidden from
passing the fine on to truckers. That bill contained similar appointment