California’s clean truck plan for ports may be delayed

| 10/1/2007

California’s plan to admit only low-emission, company-operated trucks at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach may be delayed and/or altered.

The original plan was to start scrapping or retrofitting as many as 16,000 trucks beginning in January 2008.

But the Los Angeles Times reports there’s growing opposition from independent truckers – who could lose their jobs – and from shippers and retailers who say costs would increase sharply.

Economist John Husing, who was hired by the ports to do a study on the economic impact of the clean-truck plan, told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio that the move would drive cargo-hauling costs up 80 percent.

Husing said he thinks that when the port commissions meet later this month, they’ll reconsider the original plan.

According to the Los Angeles Daily News, owner-operator port drivers currently earn an average of $12 an hour.

The paper notes that, on such low pay, they would not be able to afford the newer, cleaner-burning trucks that the ports are hoping for.