It’s official. The extended operating hours for trucks at
the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are now in use, but new fees have been
delayed until Wednesday.
The new fees were to begin Monday, July 25. The extended
evening operating hours went into effect on Saturday, July 23. The extended
hours are from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m. to 6
p.m. on Saturdays.
However, PierPASS, the private company that is running the
program, said Monday that – because of an unexpected surge in last minute
registrations – it would not begin collecting fees until July 27.
The program, called, OffPeak, has increased fees for trucks
during peak daytime hours to anywhere from $40 per 20-foot equivalent unit to
$80 for a 40-foot container.
Drivers wishing to
use the port during peak hours – defined as weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
– must register with the OffPeak program. Pick-ups and deliveries outside of
those hours will not be charged a fee.
A lot of truckers are unhappy with the changes. One
unidentified group distributed fliers announcing a July 23 meeting to discuss a
possible work stoppage, according to news reports. There has been no word as to
whether the meeting actually took place or if a work stoppage is planned.
The Teamster’s Union has come out against any work stoppage
— and is in favor of the extended hours, though union representatives have
expressed concerns that the extended hours could lead to hours-of-service