Trucker group vows to fight ‘doomsday’ plan for ports

| 7/31/2007

Faced with being forced out of business by a clean-air plan at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, small trucking companies and owner-operators have banded together in an opposition group.

Calling themselves Harbor Truckers for a Sustainable Future, the group was co-founded by Michael Lightman, whose company – Great Freight Inc. – has contracts with about 30 owner-operators.

The clean-air plan outlined by the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach would favor larger trucking companies, using their own company drivers, for work at the ports.

Lightman told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio that, as things stand now, the job prospects for small trucking companies and owner-operators at the ports don’t look good.

“The prospect is essentially a doomsday situation for the owner-operators,” Lightman said. “The plan as it’s presently proposed dictates that there will be no owner-operators – all the owner-operators will have to roll into being employees for one of the concessioned companies, or they won’t be allowed on the pier.”

Lightman said his group is circulating a petition against the plan and will present it to the mayors of both cities as well as the port commissioners.

– By Reed Black, staff writer